LETTER: Can we have unity through diversity?

To the editor:

The people are divided over everything — socially, religiously, economically, racially, etc. rather than having cohesiveness and unity.

Unity is the state of being in full agreement; a way of combining the parts in a work of art or literature so that they seem to belong together; the quality or state of not being multiple, oneness; a condition of harmony, accord; the quality or state of being made one, unificaton.

Diversity is the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.; 1. The state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization;

2. The condition of having or being composed of different elements: variety, especially the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization, example: Programs intended to promote diversity in schools.

3. An instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities; an instance of being diverse, example: A diversity of opinions.

Can we have unity through diversity?

Sure we can, but can we really have unity through diversity in belief/faith? Full agreement or many different forms, types, ideas, variety in belief/faith?

What do the Scriptures say about unity? Usually the last place we ever thought to look.

Psalm 133:1: “See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity?”

Ephesians 4:3: “Being eager to guard/keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body, and one Spirit, as you also were called in one expectation of your calling, one Master, one belief/faith, one immersion, one Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Ernest Andrews