9 23                 Unity/Tolerance

There are many forces seeking to drive people, communities, ….countries apart.  We need look no further than our newspapers, News shows or internet media to understand that is our reality.

God warned us about this behavior.

FOCAL:      Romans 16:17-18 “And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things that are contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.  NLT

We CAN choose a better path!

Say NO to intolerance

There are those who would seek to divide and destroy us based on differences in color, heritage, political sides or other frivolous excuses.

Don’t let them

Yes, we do have differences.  So what.?

We used to be able to recognize them, deal with them, laugh at them, and move on.

Over the past 10 years or so it seems we only use them to go to war with each other.

There are times I think people are looking for things to divide us, separate us and make us fight; creating new ways to divide.

Don’t let them

We need to regain our collective sense of humor, tolerance and UNITY

We used to be able to laugh together about each other without the anger

Mel Brooks, Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, the Rat Pack and Richard Pryor gave us lots of material to laugh at…. they would be arrested today or terrorized.

Why and When did we stop laughing together and start fighting

A sense of humor is a terrible thing to lose

Our Founding Fathers created our Constitution to unify us, not divide us.  A common foundation and basic rules for government.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Union:  an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one.  The growing together of SEVERED parts.

We are severed today.  We need UNITY!

In Christian theology, unity is the oneness of sentiment, affection or behavior. “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Psalm 133

But how do we find this UNITY?      Faith, Hope and Love.

Colossians 3:12-15 “Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”   NLT

Amos 3:3 “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”   NLT

We may NEVER agree on everything, but we MUST agree on direction OR their WILL BE division

There is ONE WAY to repairing unity.  Jesus Christ.

Will You Walk with Him?