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Unity is Not for Wimps

Tuesday Re-mix –

You may be aware that my ministry has an on-going relationship with churches in South Africa, where our teams go and teach unity principles.  Do you see the irony in that?  The irony is that anyone from the American church would be teaching South Africans about unity.  There are a great many things the American church has done well…but unity is not one of them.  In fact, our secular culture of democracy and Roberts Rules of Order, etc. have actually worked against us in that regard.  In matters of true Biblical unity, the church in America just does not demonstrate much understanding.  Now, if you want to talk about religious liberties and how the church and the government relate to each other in light of those liberties, we definitely have some answers.  Our 200 years of our cultural experiment in that area have put us way ahead of the rest of the world.  But in the area of unity, maybe not so much.

In a similar way, the South African culture has actually helped that church understand some things about unity.  A collection of many different tribes and people groups, South Africa literally had its unity hand forced by the breaking down of Apartheid and the building of a society in a post-Apartheid season.  It has been difficult and it has been painful.  I suspect most South Africans would say they still have a ways to go.  But they have been doing the hard work which unity in their country requires and they understand that it does not come cheaply.  Of all the lessons they have learned about unity, I am most impressed with that one. Unity does not come cheaply and it requires a great deal of hard work in order to preserve it. They get …