The invention of the atomic bomb marked an infamous moment in human history – as it was the moment we realized we had finally invented the means of our own obliteration. Nuclear weapons are of such a destructive force that they are not only capable of a large scale annihilation of life, but the lingering contaminating devastation left in their wake renders a place uninhabitable for years to come. Making this diabolical invention, not merely a careless peek into Pandora’s Box, but the looming specter of the Sword of Damocles awaiting the insanity of a madman’s sociopathic agenda to be set into motion.
We say we want peace, yet every generation seems to find its own way of demonstrating that peace isn’t really on their agenda. There are war-torn places in this world that have been mired for decades in the ceaseless brutality of political and religious conflicts . . . and there are communities in this country, long forgotten by the headlines of breaking news because violence has become so common place, it’s no longer considered news worthy. So even though you may live in a place where your experience of this type of chaotic cruelty is largely a notional abstraction – the reality of it lingers all the same . . . especially, given the combustible nature of our current political environment.
We long for unity . . . and yet, disunity is often our first instinct. Like magnets ever drawn to connection, yet never quite able to line up correctly – we get caught up in forces ever holding us apart. It is this distance we feel most conspicuously, while simultaneously feeling an unreconciled connectedness – as if we were in a perpetual state of being torn apart. But in our broken condition we can only attempt to mend the tear, on our own terms, and our own terms seems to always involve a subjugation born of imposed will . . . leading us to an ever escalating violence.
In Genesis 2:18-24 God brought every living thing before Adam, so that he might give them names. But in the process it became painfully clear to Adam that every creature had a mated pair, only to stir within him a longing to behold his own mate. But God does not choose to create Eve, in the same manner he created Adam – instead, he chose to split Adam, by taking Eve from out of his side. So that where there once was one, now there are two. But they are not meant to be identical, but instead, corresponding parts of a whole. And in the innocence of the garden, the oneness of these two was effortlessly maintained in the presence of God.
It is this very oneness we intuitively long to recreate, but in our brokenness, division is all we can seem to manage to create. In Romans 5:12-21 the failure of Adam’s oneness is being juxtaposed with our oneness found in Jesus Christ. And just as the choices of Adam and Eve lead us away from the presence of God – it is Jesus who opens for us a way back into the originally intended unity found in his presence. Which is why Paul admonishes us to walk in this already existing unity of oneness found in Jesus (Ephesians 4:1-7). Therefore, we can only ever fully understand being made one with each other — when we begin to understand how we are made one in Christ.
I love the way Dr. Voddie Baucham breaks it down . . .