The issue we face is that the fashions of this day want us tossed and confused. They want us eating that which makes us emotionally unstable. They want us unhappy, faithless, dissatisfied,
They would encourage us to burn every bridge in our life, so we are alone and needy.
So we will gratefully become a consuming unit, seeking pleasure in cheap goods, or a thot or twink, for their pleasure. When we age or if we rebel, they want us to become yet another useful social justice idiot, signalling virtue as our masters so suggest. Ensuring that the conflict remains.
But we have been called to higher things.
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you come to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
1I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
7But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.” 9(When it says, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) 11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.
The first point is that we are not elected by our peers. We are chosen or led by God into what we do. Some f us lead, some of us sit in the pews. We are all needed. God will not call those who are unqualified, and those who put themselves forward who do not meet the criteria set down are unqualified.
There is therefore no need to have a diverse workplace. We do not need to virtue signal. We should be lead by those who are mature in Godliness.
Secondly, we are one. The unity is not within denominations: this is the primary error of the Romans, to claim that the church is but theirs. One does not casually change the Creed. I believe in the Catholic church. It is universal. It is not all Roman. Our unity is that we are chosen by God. We have been saved from the theocratic agnostic narrative of this age, for that leaves us fallen. And we are aware that in all churches there are those who preach the narrative and not the gospel.
Thirdly, we have Christ, and we have relationships with each other and within our family. These we must cherish and preserve. There are those who would destroy them for the sake of a false piety.
But they then lose the bond of peace.
The world will oppose us anyway, so let us keep the religion neat. Let us act as Christ did.
And let us pray as they despair and seethe. For them.