Human Nature, Part II: Harmony


“Why, why, tell ‘em that it’s human nature?  Why, why, does he do it that way?”

In the midst of another episode of racism, racial profiling and racial bias, we are faced with human nature’s dark side – hatred and dissention. The Trayvon Martin tragedy, in which a 17 year old African American boy was shot by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, who pursued him as he walked in a gated community in Florida, makes us ask, “Why, why, does he do it that way?” The inaction by local authorities against Treyvon’s assailant raises questions of racial bias, suggesting selective devaluation of life as acted out through negligence.

“Why, why, tell ‘em that it’s human nature?” can no longer be an excuse. Groups can accomplish positive changes when variety is merged with trust and reciprocity. This reciprocity is established in relationships that are outside the walls of institutions – be it church, the corporate world or government. Real social change occurs when spiritually conscious people on all sides of the cultural chasm create harmony.

Most of us will never see things eye to eye.  However, if pianists, orchestras and barber shop quartets can be harmonious, why can’t followers of Christ? The differences that homogeneous bonding entails can be bridged when built on the supernatural foundation of Christ.

Christ died to reconcile all things in heaven and on earth. Human nature’s dangerous game of “dog eat dog” is a marginalizing tool for the spiritually immature. Christ’s death on the cross was not a natural act for someone of his power. Yet reconciliation of us all depended on this single act of unselfishness and showed the importance of appreciating, valuing and investing in mankind.

“He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.”  Colossians 1:20  The Message (MSG)

Ultimately, human nature causes us a futile struggle for power over others by submitting to prejudice, racism, sexism, elitism and stereotyping. Building the Bridge Together is not always pretty but neither is the sound of an orchestra during practice. However, the tap of the conductor’s baton helps us focus in order to transform the noise of division into the “wonderful and pleasant” sound of harmony.

“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”  Psalm 133 New Living Translation (NLT)

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

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