God's Plan for Unity (Part Two)

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is [f]or brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, NKJV). Unity is God’s fervent desire for his children. The forces of God cannot battle the soldiers of Satan if they are too busy fighting each other (Ephesians 6:10-20). Jesus said that “every city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25).
Second, unity requires submission to God. The unity plan of man is flawed at its core. Unity in diversity seeks unity among people by attempting to get them to dispense with their differences so they can be at peace. This is not actually peace, but detente./1 This artificial environment suppresses emotions and feelings while two parties are together. The passions still remain, but they are hidden behind artificial smiles and handshakes.
God’s plan says that we submit ourselves to Christ and become united (Ephesians 4:15,16). Unity in diversity unites men and then presents them to God for acceptance. Man’s plan makes man proactive and God passive. Instead, God is the creator and sustainer of unity. Any plan that empowers man over God should instantly be discarded.
When we practice unity in diversity, we look to each other and try to reconcile our views, when in actuality, we should all be looking at God and reconciling ourselves to him (Romans 5:6-11). Imagine, Christ is on a path headed towards heaven. His disciples follow behind him. When all his disciples are focused solely on him and his teachings and bringing glory to him, then they will be united. This is the only way Biblical unity can ever occur.
Biblical unity centered in Christ and his word means that we unite around something perfect. To unite around something imperfect, like diversity, means we are doomed to fail. The source of our unity must be perfect and indestructible so that it withstands the rigors of changing cultures and standards. Otherwise, the source of our unity will be fluid and the group will constantly be shifting around the ebbs and flows.
Unity must be accomplished according to Christ’s rules, since he is the absolute ruler of the church. We are all to be focused on him. The orchestra is a perfect example. Imagine, if all of the members of an orchestra selected their own instruments, music, volume, and pace, regardless of what anyone else in the group was doing. It would be awful, and the audience would beat a hasty exit.
Instead, the conductor selects the music, the volume, and pacing. He leads and everyone follows or they will be removed from the group (cf. John 15:1-8). When the conductor takes charge and the members comply, it is a beautiful thing to behold. The audience will be edified and eager to return. Everyone in the group is focused on the success of the whole and not simply on themselves and getting their own way.
God’s plan for unity is simple and takes the responsibility of construction and organization away from man. Since he has already created and organized it, we simply enter and comply. This is a wonderful plan because it means that no humans will be in charge and, therefore, there will be fewer hurt feelings and points of contention.
Man is searching for unity everywhere, when it is actually right before him. Yet, he fails to accept it because he will have no control over it. Man’s stubbornness will have to be subordinate to God’s will. Pride is continually man’s destruction and Satan has nurtured it at every turn (Genesis 3:1-5). It likewise fails us in the unity so many claim to desire.
1/ “A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.” http://tinyurl.com/frgcr

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4 Replies to “God's Plan for Unity (Part Two)”

  1. This article speaks to much and it doesn’t stop with liberals either, bro. Mansel. The church has forgotten that the conductor is in charge, in some places.

  2. Thank you, Lina for your comments and for reading Forthright. We all need to submit to Christ in all things in His church (Ephesians 1:22-23).

  3. First off I like the overall concept in what this articles tries to accomplish. But I have some slight problems with MAYBE the wording or the point the writer makes about “unity in diversity”. From the way that I’m reading this article (and I could be wrong), the writer sounds as if there is one absolute concrete way to serve God with no leniency. To quote the writer, “unity in diversity seeks unity among people by attempting to get them to dispense with their differences so they can be at peace. This is not actually peace but detente.” I disagree with this statement wholeheartedly based solely on Romans 14. Verses 5 says “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. EACH ONE SHOULD BE FULLY CONVINCED IN HIS OWN MIND.” Whatever differences we have concerning disputable matters ARE to be put aside for the mutual edification of the body. This is self-sacrifice which is the embodiment of agape. Those who put others above themselves (as we should) will happily dispense of our differences to be at peace. Romans 14:19 says “let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” And verse 22 says, “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God…” Sounds to me clearly Paul believed diversity was OK but must be put aside to promote unity.
    With all that said though, I also realize that the writer could have been referring to totally disregarding the foundation of sound doctrine to commune with heretics. If this is what he means then I totally agree. But even so that distinction should have been made clear.
    Peace and God Bless,

  4. Hello, Cevon. Thank you for reading Forthright. What I meant by my statement is that man’s unity plan asks us to gather with denominations and dispense with any doctrine that we cannot agree on. That would make doctrine negotiable and ultimately worthless.
    Yes, we should not let our opinions or optional matters divide us. I agree wholeheartedly. That, however, is not what some are speaking about when they are calling for unity in diversity. It is dispensing with doctrines that appear to divide.
    We must do whatever we can to have peace within the brotherhood of Christ. But, to attempt to change or ignore doctrines is beyond our rights as citizens of the kingdom.
    I hope this helps. If not, I can try to clarify again my meaning.

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