Friday, May 06, 2011

UNITY: It's Not a Four-Letter Word

Today's blog post is a little different. If you've not heard of Rachel Held Evans' Rally to Restore Unity, make with the clicking on the link there. Part tongue in cheek, part cheeky reaction to some of the disunity happening over a book (like we don't fight enough over THE Book), part heart-felt sincerity to work on a simple, doable project like providing clean water through a fundraiser with Charity: Water...

Unity. Here we go.

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. I Timothy 4:7 (NLT).

One translation of the Bible (New American Standard Bible) uses the word "fables" in place of the phrase "godless ideas." Both of these words and phrases stem from the Greek term "muthos," meaning "a false account, yet posing to be the truth;" or "a fabrication (fable) which subverts (replaces) what is actually true."

Muthos. Compare that against the term "Logos," oftentimes commonly translated as "Word."

As in John 1:1. "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God." (NLT)

Muthos. Fable. Subverting the truth. Logos. The Word. God. Truth.

As is referred to in Ephesians 4:1-6. "Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all." (NLT)

One Truth, with a capital "T." Weigh that against the many truths, with a lower-case "t," which we at times debate, hold in high(er) esteem, or sadly allow to supplant the capital-"T" Truth which should hold us together.

There are a number if leaders (for want of a better term) in Christian ministry whom I -quite honestly - don't care for. They represent the Gospel in a way which, to me, augments hatred, intolerance, and self-importance in their interpretation of how we as believers are called to be in this world. Yet they're still family. Kind of like those strange cousins you know you have but just don't talk about all that often.

Because they're family (through blood - get it?), we often joke that we might not have to like 'em, but we do have to love 'em. However, ultimately it's a choice. We choose to love them. We choose to show them the mercy and grace they might not show others, because we choose let Christ's example guide us. It's never easy, and they may never understand or reciprocate it. But that's what love ultimately embodies.

Love may win, but in the meantime, let's at least try to act like we can tolerate each other.

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