Today's devotion from Psalms 132-135.
"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!" (Psalm 133:1, CSB) I wish we could truly understand the power and potential of these words. To be honest, I'm a bit weary. I blame the internet for my frustration. Anonymous conversations devolve into antagonistic and insulting accusations. It seems that people can't actually talk anymore. Where is civility? Where is discourse? Where is common courtesy and respect?
I blame sugar-pop websites that use headlines that are clickbait and slanted opinions staged as journalistic reporting. I blame Facebook for passive-aggressive shaming and for creating an atmosphere of dishonesty in which many in our culture try to fool people they don't really talk to that their lives are better in comparison.
I blame politically charged rhetoric. I blame divergent reality in which people are hypersensitive and positions are over-polarized. I blame all sorts of things, but in reality the problem is none of those things. These are only tools that are in the hands of broken people, and I should not be surprised when broken people act, well, broken.
The real problem is the heart of man. I had the opportunity to share the gospel and answer questions in a group home recently. While speaking about sin and creation, I noticed the group had a table with puzzles half finished. I used the puzzle to illustrate how God created a beautiful place, but Satan, a created being, mixed the pieces up, mangled the image, and distorted the unity of what God had created. The only true way to recapture this unity is through the work of Christ.
The unity that we can experience is the brotherhood of faith. "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!" (Psalm 133:1, CSB) We can't expect a fragmented society to be anything other than splintered, but the family of God should be the place where the chaotic world catches a glimpse of the harmony intended in creation.
Today, will you be an instrument of continued chaos? Or will you make the choice to rise above to that place where, "the LORD has appointed blessing--life forevermore?" (Psalm 133:3, CSB)