The Short Path From Broken to Unbroken

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”

 - T.H. White, The Once and Future King


Did You Know?

Are you familiar with the Japanese art form, Kintsugi? Artists reassemble pieces of broken pottery by mixing a gold infused lacquer to bind it along the cracks. The resulting product is a reclaimed vessel that highlights the previously broken, unusable pieces in a beautiful manner.




Today

I hope the analogy to 2020 is obvious - America is sharply divided. Cracked by COVID, racial tension, economic hardship and political conflicts. We have plenty of reasons to be at each other’s throat.

Looking to a political leader to heal our divisions is hopeful but probably unfruitful. There are too many powerful constituents who benefit from disunity. We shouldn’t expect our existing societal/political structure to deliver a solution. Yet, somehow in a few weeks, our citizens will cast votes to elevate one candidate to the most important leadership position in the world. It won’t matter who wins, our divisions will linger past the election (and may even get worse).

America has been incredibly good to me personally, so I love this country. I am proud of our accomplishments and contributions to global society. America is no less perfect than any other country so I will acknowledge but never apologize for the few missteps we have taken along the way.

Tomorrow

The only way our country dwindles toward irrelevance is if we choose to cherish our divisions more than our future. Social media flame wars have no winners. None. The destination is always the same - more division, more hate, more envy. Who intentionally wants to further any of these emotions? It is time for citizens to sacrifice their ego for unity.

We can’t wait for a charismatic leader to arrive in Washington and sprinkle magic dust on our problems. We can’t wait for the media to morph into a rational voice that was absent for the last 4 years. We can’t hope for someone else to lead us someplace else.

We can instead, make a personal choice to be less cynical, less judgmental and less mean-spirited. We can do this right now. We don’t have to wait until someone in authority models it. We must have a personal vision of what we can do to mend the fractured pieces of our society. We must act to be the glittering agent of Kintsugi “reconciliation”. We must be willing to reassemble the broken, jagged “pottery pieces” of ideas and relationships one at a time. No excuses. We must risk the sharp edges of disunity and pursue unity. Our only other option is to press in to our pursuit of divisive insanity that surfaced in 2020.

Some will argue that this is a plan of surrender to evil. They believe in winnable wars too. Engaging in unwinnable arguments is evil. We can engage in civil discussion and even disagreement without spiraling into hate. I can do this and so can you. Who else matters? I’m not being preachy to others. These thoughts are a personal admonition that I am voicing publicly. I need to be mindful of this before I hit that “post” or “tweet” button and I’m willing to be accountable for my choices.

It’s time.

Who is with me?   

 


Postscript

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21 ESV

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