Yes. We live in a divided world. Us against them. Them against us. Me versus you. You versus me. And so on. The last few years have highlighted this to death. Not just politics, but religion and even science. Mask versus mask. Jab versus jab. It's driving everyone crazy. Yet, we're the crazy ones for doing it.
How can two seemingly opposite people share the same sentiments? Or how can two people who share the same background and upbringing have two radically different approaches or morals in life. We are all unique. And because of that we are all the same.
Some might say we are interconnected through our differences. Others say our differences is what divides us. Yet we are still humans, sharing 99% the same DNA. A friend of mine who is a counselor to gang members and troubled teens recently shared this little secret to get people of different gangs to be able to talk and work together.
His story reminded me of something Richard Rohr said while teaching from the Gospel of John; a prayer for unity that Jesus gave at the last meal he shared with his disciples. “Father . . . I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.” (John 17: 20–23.)
Rohr had this to say:
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”