Here's an example; think for a moment of our fearless leaders in D.C., and what they know. They are completely aware and cognizant that "we must deal-with" the debt issue. . . and soon! If that be the topic here (fiscal responsibility perhaps?); what is the all too predictable result, would you guess? Well of course, we derive the forever-postponement gig, the usual foot-dragging and finger pointing drill. You know, don't you remember the "knucklehead shuffle"? It's what our leaders "do". We expect and anticipate the opposite results in this political instance, and I merely extend the system to be "more inclusive". It seems entirely reasonable to me that the imperative; "We simply-must act responsibly!", yields no single human ever, actually being held accountable. And so likewise; "We must find unity!", is pretty darned divisive stuff, it appears to me.
Thereby I am inferring a generalized perversity of things, a futility-bomb running amok in creation; producing "undesired results, blow-back, and unintended consequence". This generally backward thing is "there", wouldn't it be better for us to take it into account, rather than being perpetually "surprised by results"? You tell me! The glory of gospel, is (in part at least) that there is a "new thing afoot", in the world. To "ignore" both of these realities, both the blow-back, and also the only working solution (!); is our norm, as survivors of the train-wreck at Eden.
In the old model, as we intend to "build unity", we keep getting these pesky warring factions, and the old model prescribes just here; to try harder! Somewhat like realizing that you are standing in a hole, and therefore "trying to get out of it". . . by digging faster! The new thing in earth (He be; I Am. . . The Save-er) formats instead, as a desire-pursuit of Him. One of the "unanticipated products" of that hot chase, is a new kind of unity. We could name it "indirect", if that would be helpful? The idea here though is simple, "goal" is never an abstraction. The one-goal, the actual destination, ain't an "it" at all, it is He-Him, Live and in Person! To stupidly insist upon the old model then can only yield up what it always has (and must); "unfortunate, unintentional disaster(s)". Ignoring Jesus will not "make this go-away", we might as well face it. The old order is passing away, soon to be no more.
Go tell a drunkard; "Hey, that stuff will kill ya, if you don't stop." Predictable result please? "I need a drink". "Inform" a smoker, "You know (don't you?) that those things are bad for you!". Product of the discourse? He continues to smoke like a chimney, but just not in your presence. The public aspect of your "helping" generates a "secret-private" practice. Expectable enough, but I say that the shameful aspect thereof, ain't his smoke, it is that you "should have known" it would occur. Your lousy "helping" only makes things worse.
The glory of gospel solves for our consistent perversity, in prescribing King Yeshua as "Goal (In Person), and further, Him as source of strength to "get there". For a track star, He (Lord Christ that is) is the starting block, the path-run, and the finish line. In His mending of that open wound breech betwixt God and man, and then that further misery; of man versus man, peace as a topic can make sense "here", but only in that it is couched in terms of a martial victory! The old model of peace breeds some pretty cranky warring weirdos, but the new thing in reality is (instead); a victory-won, and applied by "Another, for The Other"!
And not to start a brand new brawl over here, I'd just like to comment that; in the case of a new peace at large, that peace of man-to-man, founded upon the new peace of each man, to his Maker; this kind of thing forms the normal Christian view, I think. As such, it is about as far as we'd ordinarily care to go. But to me, this type of thing is short of the mark, in that if union, unity and all that one-ness jazz, is all there be to the topic; then we have just catapulted ourselves back into the believer's ghetto!
See? We forgot Moe again. The founder of the muslim cult also promotes a "peace built upon one-god, and his victory". Clearly rejecting the Trinity, his moron-god, that pip-squeak crummy "mono-divine" of his, is also "all-for peace". It is merely that such peace is mainly defined by their cute little beheadings, and their "holy" blowing to bits of old ladies, with truck bombs. . . The "peace" of Islam, is very clearly of the old-model variety, but on steroids. That runt, "allah" just might "forgive" provided you are very, very good, and by "good", we mean evil here. Oh, and the idiot god in question is also absolutely arbitrary, and so it helps a whole lot if a beheading bombing "saint" is also really, really lucky! There exists no "mechanism" within this cult to influence allah's final decision upon the matter, all is fate. . . which translates as, "dig faster!". Doubtless, old Moe down in hell; wears a tee-shirt emblazoned with "Try Harder. . .dammit!". For us in the Christian barrio to restrain ourselves just here, and limit true unity, to "our kind" is what my comments are about. We keep settling for a live and let live, type of uneasy truce with our "co-religionists"? Not me. We are all about stealing-blind the mullahs, hijacking the Imam's slaves, and turning those freed into true saints. Peace is leveraged, it is bought. Always.
John-Apostle clearly teaches the saints. "God is love", says he, with aid of the Spirit of Truth. We thereby infer that the Father loving the Son, and the Son gladly doing all of His Dad's desire; is the love spoken of here. It is the active-vital, the operative-dynamic love-for-Another, not some dumb static valuation of ours, that of "love itself". Moe's moron pervert god knows zero of love, for there is no "other"! So then in this sense, unity as in Tri-Unity, posits a "conflict"! Am I posing a conflict within God-Almighty? Some sort of "division to be overcome"? High heresy, we all shout! But, and yet. . . but and yet, something like our reality of division (never divisive!) is the foundation for all love. Deal with it already! You argue with your spouse not because you hate her, but for love of her! Even we know that much. In Him, the division might be more of roles (how would I know?), but there is a "breakthrough, a release" even, or more pointedly much-much more-so "There"! The very foundation of things, the meaning of life, is lurking; right around these-here parts, I reckon. In our sad stupid, small lives, some of the very best parts are those sweet moments of glad embrace after a snit. It's those refreshing insights of the heart, such that we re-value anew the "other" afterwards. In Him/Them, this small reality of ours; becomes a world-shaking revolution, a stealing-blind of the god of this age, a reunion, surprise party fiesta-bash like none other-ever!
In the Three-One, agenda number one is justice/righteousness, and is entirely non-negotiable. Our moronic revolt, that high treason against sanity itself, this cult of madness shall surely end, in space-time, by main force! The Warrior Champion shall surely surely shatter His foes, with zero "budge" available on that score. And the Son is all-for it. . . with one minor hiccup.
Such Holy devastation as all that; kinda "conflicts" with His stated pledge-oath to save His own to the uttermost. If True Justice descends, then there are no "survivors" of that wreckage, saints included! But, what to do? If it's "opposite", Mercy wins the day, and those murdering cultists are let off scot free, then Righteouesness itself is wrecked, cleanly impossible. And the "stand-off on high" has precisely one working solution. The division, requiring reconciliation, has an outrageous price, which "Somebody" simply MUST pay. Christ the Lord thus, generates a peace between man and man, based upon a peace wrought in Blood; between man and God. But what we "forget here" is the "Reunion" betwixt Father and Son! That new-peace breaking out, descends even as low as we? Yes, and Amen.
The Peace, the Actual Peace, is an extravagant affair, a "going too far", on purpose! Our slim whisper of friendship-reforged (after a feud) is but a slender whisper, a numbed remembrance of the Genuine Article! Here, we run up against, not the city limits of the belief ghetto, but of language itself. In Him; "Somehow" full-tilt-bozo Justice is fully displayed, while during/and wild-madman-screaming Mercy is established. The "two" are in-Him, and are occurring "out-here". Both/And, not either/or, is the new thing in earth.
And that, my friend; is why Moe is so blastedly wrong. . . about everything! In morbidly attempting to "homogenize" these furies into some bland "none of the above" hybrid, Moe is demanding thereby an "impersonal (arbitrary) justice" teamed pointlessly, with a "sentimental (cruel) mercy", founded squarely upon the blockhead platform of works-righteousness. And just coincidentally, Moe is supervising this mess? Predictable results please? Murder, deceit, poverty, chaos and all the other "glories" of the muslimized world; are plainly the product. Meanwhile, the new thing in earth (all in pursuit of the Son!) yields humility, friendly generosity, peaceful law abiding souls. There is no "abstract justice" any more than there is an abstractable "love". Even The Father Almighty "pursues" the Son! Abstracted justice knows nothing of a son crushed, nor brought back home after a long journey. An abstract kindness (should such even exist), is blind and deaf to the dead-One standing up again, it knows no grief, and is completely blind to loss.
Pursue wealth, find a hard hearted poverty of soul. Pursue the Son, find the Treasure surpassing the value of all worlds combined. Pursue unity, find that stubborn loneliness haunting the heart. Pursue The One, find an embrace, fierce, proud of you and "unnaturally glad" at your return!
He is perpetually "higher" than we are able to aim, and aim at Him; we do! Let's face it, He is just "letting us find Him". He's being nice, but for Another's sake. In Genesis, the God fashions a "wife" for "His son"(Adam). Yes, she brings him grief, and also, and also through her; the Promised One is sent, she's "worth it". For His True Son, He fashions a Wife, now fancy that!
She is the new thing in earth too, and yes; you are welcome "here"!