“You are all individuals!” Brian 33AD

Posted: September 8, 2013 in 3.2 Individuality and Unity
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It is widely accepted that unity is achieved through commonality (i.e. common enemy, purpose, experience, etc.) and by extension the more in common the stronger the unity. Under this assertion perfect unity is a state of complete sameness, where distinctiveness and individuality are seen as the opposite of unity. While it may be generally accepted that individuality and unity are mutually exclusive the Bible places great emphasis on the distinctiveness of the individual and the choices they make in building and sustaining unity (in the image of God). In essence individuality is an important part of Biblical unity.

Biblical unity is difficult to understand because it is not experienced on a daily basis, in the present age. Instead human unity has been replaced with an intense focus on individuality (especially in western culture), becoming the very air we breathe. Societies are structured around rewarding those who distinguish themselves from the multitude of unexceptional in academia, sport, entertainment, business, etc. we desire and are incentivised to distinguish ourselves from everyone else as much as possible. We seek to prove our worth by being the most different we can be, or doing something that has never been done before. So it is little wonder our societies have become a congregation of self-seeking individuals in competition to be noticed (different) and that this is not a good foundation for a healthy community.

To come to terms with what the bible has to say about distinctiveness and unity it is important to go back and examine the distinctiveness present in the beginning before seeing how this pattern of individuality in unity is perfected in Christ (the church). This is only a quick overview of the subject, though it is enough to understand that individuality is an essential part of biblical unity.


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