Not for Christians only.
If we put aside race, religion, politics, and issues that divide, I think many would agree that what we seek most from the world around us is love, respect, grace and peace. If we get back to basing our hearts, thoughts and actions on those things, we can move forward in a way that will promote what I’m thinking of as Civil Unity.
Civil means applying to individual citizens and citizens as a whole. It also speaks to public order, being peaceable in behavior, mannerly and polite.
Unity is about oneness, harmony.
Civil Unity speaks to all people about striving for public order, being peaceable and mannerly with others for oneness among us.
Civil Unity doesn’t mean we have to agree on all the issues. Differences of opinion can be good, and ultimately bring us to the best outcomes; but for that to happen, we have to approach things with an attitude of love and respect, showing grace and seeking peace.
Doing so requires something our society and many leaders lack – humility. Humility is something I have to work on every day, for my human tendency is to be about self. Humility teaches us to put others first, serve others, put others’ needs ahead of our own, and being more about the greater good of our community and the world around us than what we personally want from the world.
When we stop trying to make ours the loudest voices heard, we can listen to what others have to say, too, and listen with respect.
When we can offer grace to others by letting go of anger, frustration and personal grudges(those things hurt us more than the other person), we will reduce the tensions around us and create an environment that allows everyone to find their place and have a voice. Thus, bringing about peace.
This will never be a perfect world, but if we humble ourselves and strive for civil unity among us, we can make it a better world.
Yes, I write from a Christian heart, and these are common themes in Christianity for they are what Jesus taught, how He lived and why Christians believe He died for us. However, even those who do not claim Jesus as Savior and Lord, can benefit from His teachings. We all benefit from those who live with love and respect for others.
Borrowing from the words of Paul: Grace and peace, for all.
NOTE: If you would like to learn what Jesus taught, I encourage you to read about Him in the Bible, perhaps starting with the Book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John (the first four books of the New Testament). Some Bibles have red print indicating the words Jesus spoke. You can read the Bible online at Bible Gateway. They also have a great app!