In the world, there are currently a lot of causes being championed (#BLM #EnoughisEnough). We are seeing unprecedented times because social media has given a voice to anyone with access to the internet. Within a specific cause, the goal is to be unified so that there can be one voice, and for that voice to be as loud as possible.
This week at Trademark we are concluding with Radical Witness. I believe there are two elements that really determine the strength of one’s witness. The first is one’s conviction about the actual event/person/thing you are witnessing about, and the second element is how many people are actually willing to fight for this cause, i.e. is there a strong unity around the cause?
There is a story in Genesis 11:1-9 that gives some remarkable insight into this second element. We know the account of the Tower of Babel well. This story gets very little airtime in Scripture yet provides some much needed wisdom for our day. Verses 4-6 are particularly relevant:
4Then they said… “Let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”
We know that this is a vivid picture of pride, as the people wanted to “make a name” for themselves. But even in this pride, God reveals that these people were one (unified), that they had one language, and that nothing they would attempt would be impossible for them. This is an example of the power of unity. This unity, however, is a worldly unity. It is actually an illusion of true unity because we know that, had this event been allowed to continue, eventually people would’ve wanted things done their own way due to their selfish nature, and the ‘unity’ would’ve crumbled.
Now, if there is such power in a worldly cause, how much more in a heavenly one? Furthermore, the agenda of God is not based on a cause, but a Person. There are as many causes as the ocean is deep, which in itself shows us the disunity in humanity. But only in Christ is there a perfect answer and perfect justice. God created us to be unified with one another, so it is no surprise that we see people now, just as in Genesis, banding together for a cause. But God wants us to be unified around Christ and His cause. True unity can only come from Him because He created us and has determined our steps. When this unity exists among those who are in the kingdom, it will be an unrivalled witness. It will stand supreme over the worldly unity that we see today. When this happens, those who are fighting for worldly causes will be drawn to the radical unity and connectedness that they observe.
The world is longing for unity. Its longing will continue to go unsatisfied if it tries to gather solely around a cause that excludes Jesus. We will be unsatisfied if we run after these causes without Him. If we champion His cause, then truly nothing will be impossible for us.
Let us pray for this unity to be seen in the school. We cannot expect this type of unity without Christ. Let us cry out to God to let Jesus be the foundation for our unity, and for those who follow earthly causes to be convicted.