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August 6, 2018, 9:53 AM

A Country Divided...Can It Be Brought Together?

We hear so much about a country being divided. We blame it on the President or those who oppose him. We usually blame it on the people we don't agree with, because we know that we are right and we just can't be the problem. The last time we really had a united country was 1792 when George Washington ran unopposed and won all of the electoral votes. Ever since then we've had some sort of division. 

You could say that our country was united right after 9/11 but that lasted abou 10 minutes. In politics there is too much money and power to gain for the country to be united in this way. If you are waiting for our country to be united politically you are going to be waiting a while. But unity can happen. A country, a state, a county, a city, a neighborhood and yes even a church can be united. But it's not easy and it's going to take you and me doing things that don't come natural. And don't expect every one to buy in and go along with unity. Jesus said that he brought division. He knew that his teaching and his style of ministry would not bring everyone together. So how do we foster unity? 

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:1-5

If you take Paul's words here and boil them down to one sentence here is what he says, "It's not about you." 

If we ever want to really foster unity in a group of people that are all different from each other in many ways we must decide that not everything is about us. We don't always have to get our way. It doesn't always have to be done the way I would do it. I have to want what's best for others, too. 

The only way we can do this is if we take on the attitude of Christ. 

This means that we have to surrender to him. This means that when we are involved with a group of people we must continually pray and seek the attitude of Christ in ourselves. This is hard for me. I am driven. I have a lot of ideas. I think that I know what's best. But as I look back on my life working with people I've been proven wrong time and time again. What I thought was best wasn't best. What I thought was a good idea was not a good idea. What was best for the whole group was not necessarily what I thought was best for me. 

So take a deep breath. Stop pushing your way and think about what is best for the group. Pray for the attitude of Christ to overcome your own selfish attitude. Just imagine if in every group there were people who did this. The country, the state, the county, the city, the neighborhood and the church would be a lot better place. 

Be a part of this great change. 

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