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Meditation: Can We Work Together Through Our Difference
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“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

In one of Aesop’s Fables, a lion prowled about a field in which four oxen would dwell. Many times, he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near, they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them.

One day the oxen began to argue with each other about which way to go to find the greenest grass to eat. Eventually the four oxen, stubbornly, each went their own way. And, as you might guess, as they each ate the grass by themselves, the lion attacked them, one by one, and had his own feast.

That ended the quarrel once and for all, and Aesop ends the fable with the famous line, “For united we stand, divided we fall.”

In reading through the Bible, it would appear these words of wisdom were known by the Prophets of Old, Jesus, and the Apostles. The Prophets in the Hebrew Bible tried to warn the nation of Israel about worshipping other Gods and fighting among themselves. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Mark that a house divided cannot stand. In this passage and others, Paul encourages the new Church to find harmony and end their divisions. And, in Peter’s first letter he even depicts the Devil as a “prowling lion”, quietly lurking and ready to pounce when its prey is most vulnerable.

But, let’s be honest, we are human. We have had and always will have disagreements with each other. Even our closest, most loving relationships are filled with different opinions. It’s how we treat one another during those times that show our strength.

Do we make the effort to work through our divisions, or do we go our separate ways? Let us remember that, whether in our families, churches, communities, or our nation, division destroys.

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