By Andrew L. Pate, Jr.
No wonder Christians are confused. Multiple voices within their faith are speaking with multiple tongues.
And it’s not the Holy Spirit speaking. Rather, the voices singularly and unitedly express dissent and division, not “having all things in common,” as was the case on the first-century day of Pentecost.
The way forward out of this mess is clear: We will begin to find unity by listening to the Holy Spirt, the unifying voice of God and Jesus Christ that seeks “peace and good will” among all people.
Clearly, we’ve been listening to the wrong voices, those which support one viewpoint over all others The result? Chaos.
Jesus once said, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63).
We err badly when we look to “fleshly” sources for wisdom and insight, when, that is, we elevate the opinions of pundits and reporters over “the Spirit,” which unifies as it transcends all other voices in its call for unity and the ending of depressing divisions.
Tucker Carlson is not the Spirit. Neither are Rachel Maddow and Wolf Blitzer, nor anyone else we might name, be it a former or present president.
Which is not to say that the Spirit is absent from us. Quite the contrary, the Spirit is active and present among us, guiding, leading, pointing us on the way forward. True, we do not see or hear it as we do other voices. But the Spirit stands out, by itself, crying for humanity to love itself and the whole of creation. We have but to listen and respond as we are called.
According to Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit came to the first followers of Christ like "a violent wind.”
Instead, , we’ve been wanting the smooth, even modern voice that speaks with confidence as it hides the truth from us. Oh how we love the voice that does not disturb us.
The Spirit sweeps away untruth, silencing it, demanding its lies be exposed, not argued over but left behind for the sake of the pursuit of everything the Spirit requests of us: namely, love, companionship, forgiveness, understanding, justice and creative thinking – all aiming to build a better life for everyone.
So, let us cease ignoring the "violent wind," and our every attempt to silence its unifying demands. Let us move on, together, always listening to the voice that empowers us to live the good life.
Simply put, the way forward for Christians in 2022 is to rediscover the presence of the Holy Spirit, accept its wisdom and reach out to embrace all of the humankind regardless of their race, nationality or sexual preferences.
May 18, 2022