I’m inspired to bring back an article by Steven Salt that I posted back in September. “Healing the divisions that separate us” is an important topic for today and worth a reprise. Here are some excerpts that, to me, are most relevant for us to consider. You can read Steven’s full article by clicking below. It was first published on Cleveland.com on September 14, 2016.
We can stand in solidarity as one family no matter the circumstances and despite the perceived differences that distinguish us from one another.
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations;” writes Mary Baker Eddy, “constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.” That is accomplishing something!
Unity is the fabric of a flourishing society that can nourish thriving individuality. Disunity paralyzes cooperative progress. Jesus Christ pointed it out: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” You only have to look to history to see the wisdom behind his statement. Examples include the unity it took to bring about women’s suffrage in the United States or end apartheid in South Africa.
Jesus went on to define for humanity the nature and source of our oneness and how that should look. The Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, and the Golden Rule were answers to the deep divisions plaguing the world two millennia ago. His empathic response to the exclusionary mood of political and religious leaders and their divisive impact on public sentiment was demonstrated in the healing effect of his love to which he gave God all the credit.