“It’s time for us to come together as a nation to heal; it’s not going to be easy, but we have to try.” In a recent speech that addressed the nation during this tumultuous and unclear election, former Vice President and presidential hopeful Joe Biden called for unity, for Americans to come together and heal this nation.
So Biden Wants Unity?
Unity comes at a cost, but some feel the cost should always come from only one side.
Does he want unity based on the absolute authority of the Word of God? Does he want unity acknowledging that marriage is one man and one woman, that abortion is murder, and that God made only two genders, male and female? His answer, from statements he has clearly made, would be no to all of these. Unity comes at a cost, but some feel the cost should always come from only one side.
And can there ever be real unity in this world? No, as God’s Word states, “the light [Jesus and His Word and the gospel] has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19).
We live in a dark world because of sin, and there will never be unity in this fallen world, as a spiritual battle rages around us:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
As we are told, “In the world you will have tribulation . . .” (John 16:33).
People may call for unity, but there’s no true unity apart from Christ and his unchanging Word. It’s only the Holy Spirit who brings true unity, as Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:1–6:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
So, with calls for unity, but knowing there’s a desperate spiritual battle raging, what should the Christian do? We should always be prepared for this kind of war:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12)
We need to be doing our best to shine light into the darkness, praying and pointing people towards the only true Healer, Hope, and the One who brings unity, Christ:
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven . . . But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matthew 5:16, 44)
Keeping in mind that, ultimately, true unity is not possible in or with this world, Christians, we should still be peacemakers (“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” [Romans 12:18]) while we contend for the faith (Jude 1:3), obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), and boldly fight the good fight of the faith (1 Timothy 6:12), defending our faith—and religious freedoms when and where necessary—no matter the strife swirling around us.
*The above was adapted and expanded from a post I originally published on Facebook.
Ken Ham 2020-11-18 23:44:27
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