How delightfully good when brothers live together in harmony! (Psalms 133:1)
One of the things that people long for is community. The popularity of social apps such as facebook, instagram, and twitter speak to this longing to belong. However, there are so many barriers to community. People have different hobbies, cultures, ethnicities, likes and dislikes, and stages of life. People tend to gravitate toward people like them which sometimes means turning away from people who are not like them. When this happens divisions arise. So how does the gospel speak to this?
The gospel says that all of mankind, despite it’s differences, have one thing in common. “All have sinned” (Romans 3). This means that every single one of us share this common fallen nature as well as the consequences of that sin, wrath. However, God’s rich mercy is poured out on all so that anyone who believes would not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). What this common experience does is it unites us.
The Church are a people who, despite their varying backgrounds and differences, have been united under the truth that God showed them grace. As a result we worship. And this has always been God’s plan. In Psalm 133, the people sing about the amazing unity of God’s people. When you gather with God’s people you should see people of different ages, cultures, jobs, social status, likes and dislikes, etc. and say, “how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.”