2013 Bulletins "The Year of Harmony"

March 2013 "UNITY IS NOT ENOUGH"

H. L. Sheppard

Bulletin

March 2013

UNITY IS NOT ENOUGH

New Living Translation (©2007)
(Psa. 133:1) A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David. How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

There is a lot of “Unity” in the world but, there is very little “Harmony”. There are 192 countries represented in the “United Nations”, but none of them agree on everything that is brought before the assembly for a vote. It’s fairly easy to achieve unity. It’s almost impossible to obtain that lofty, elusive, serene, utopian oneness called Harmony.

There is “Unity” in the “United States of America”, but there is certainly not Harmony.

In the presidential election of 2012, Obama won the “Popular vote” by 61 Million, and Romney had 58 Million votes. So Obama won the election by a vote of 51% to 49%. The “United States” had unity after all the votes were counted, but we certainly didn’t have “Harmony”.

We can go to war, even though half the nation does not agree that we should and we are still the “United States of America”, we might have “Unity” but we don’t have “Harmony”.

A crazy person can assassinate the President, and we are still the “UNITED” States of America, we still have “Unity” but we don’t have “Harmony”…If we had “Harmony” everyone would want the President to Live…no one would want to take his life.

A lunatic can walk into an elementary school and take the lives of 6 adults and 20 children, and we are still the “UNITED” States of America, we still have “Unity” but we certainly don’t have “Harmony”. If we had Harmony no one would be taking the lives of six year old children.

We can disagree with Politicians, we can burn our flag, we can hang the likeness of our leaders in effigy, we can sit our children in front of a television set and let the Devil teach them that premarital sex, homosexuality, social drinking and same sex marriage are all morally acceptable modes of conduct, we can hate our neighbor, hold bitterness in unforgiving hearts, disobey the laws of the land and still be “The UNITED States of America”…We can still have “Unity”, but we certainly don’t have “Harmony”.

Unity is flour, sugar, milk, eggs and spices thrown together into a bowl. The ingredients are “united” all together in “one bowl”. Harmony is the proper amount of flour, sugar, milk, eggs and spices carefully mixed together, at the proper time, and placed in the correct amount of heat until something delicious is produced. Unity alone is not good enough for the blood bought Church of Jesus Christ. God wants His People to live together in “Harmony” and set an example of oneness for whole world to see and admire.

New Living Translation (©2007)
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David. How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

2013 The Year of Harmony