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athgarvan

CAN THE STATES BE UNITED AGAIN?

The States have just endured one of the most divisive elections in recent memory. The country is splintered, wounded, and deeply hurting. In times of conflict like this, people instinctively gravitate to one of two behaviours: to unify, or to divide.

It is usually easier to be a divider than a unifier. It takes less effort.  Being a unifier requires strength and maturity. Unifiers inspire others with their courage, patience, and kindness. They lift up those who are feeling afraid and anxious. They try to understand. They defend those who are vulnerable. They help others understand.

People often don’t respond well to calls for unity. Unifiers are often attacked from both sides. They’re accused of compromising. They are ridiculed and told that they don’t have the courage to fight for truth. But unifiers reach out. They ask questions. They try to understand and find truth and understanding by engaging with those who think differently. They debate respectfully and in good faith.

This problem of unifiers versus dividers is not something new. We hear of it in the Gospel:

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear". (1 Peter 3: 15-16)

"All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ". (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Comments

Plenty of scope for reflection there! Thank you.