“We Belong Together”

“We Belong Together,” the Mariah Carey song from 2005 profoundly states, “When you left I lost a part of me.” Humanity is not complete as a society when we are divided. Our fullest potential is realized when we are “Building the Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide through reconciliation.

“How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony! It is like the precious anointing oil running down from Aaron’s head and beard, down to the collar of his robes. It is like the dew on Mount Hermon, falling on the hills of Zion. That is where the Lord has promised his blessing— life that never ends.” Psalm 133 Good News Translation (GNT)

In ethnic groups divided by bitterness, fear, misunderstanding and mistreatment, bridging is necessary to make community work as the ultimate goal. Community (i.e.,common unity) seeks those things that we share in common. They become a potent force that brings about reconciliation in all aspects of society and most importantly in our collective group as followers of Christ. This community stands as the most fitting way to grow reconciliation by sharing Christ as the common point of unity –

The vanishing point on the horizon of reconciliation.

“In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.” Galatians 3:28 The Message (MSG).

Reconciliation is a process that involves communication and consideration. The communication comes in various forms that can span from verbal overtures to kinetic changes of structural elements in our society.

The language of reconciliation that is spoken with peace is the beginning of the dialog that leads to a relationship. In an atmosphere of uninhibited communication, trust and trustworthiness are consequential. These encounters are enhanced by sharing personal experiences and worldviews as seen through our own uniquely diverse ethnic/cultural lens.

These encounters can take place in various forums such as focus groups, panel discussions and community service opportunities, etc. Role playing, meeting one on one and being part of a choir or a prayer group are all corridors of communication that open pathways to peaceful coalescence.

Consideration of one another’s perceptions and thoughts must take precedence over self in true biblical fashion. “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. ”Philippians 2:3 The Message (MSG)

The kinetic value of this process is achieved by unselfish acts that place us on the pathway to reconciliation. Although reconciliation takes time and commitment, structural changes develop from the bottom up as community is allowed to transform because, “We Belong Together.”

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

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