In trying to reveal truth and uncover treasure, we also hope to bring unity amongst those who seek to be obedient to the Almighty.
Unity does not mean having to agree on everything; true unity is not found by rejecting all who may not agree so that only those left agree! True unity means being humble and respectful of others who are also made in the image of the Almighty.
I mentioned in our introduction a talk I gave at a Sukkot Celebration in 2010. I started with Psalm 69: 5 -9
6 May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.
7 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face.
8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons;
9 for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.”
This great prayer and supplication of King David is a cry not to be an impediment to others seeking the Almighty; not to, by my/our actions or approach, bring dishonour to the Almighty and so in some way act as a barrier to others finding God.
If our behaviour, in not reflecting the righteousness of Yeshua, led to seekers rejecting God and then ultimately bringing shame on themselves; then our foolishness or failure to be faithful and fully obedient was partly responsible for their choosing the wrong path. Our zeal for the Almighty has then been ineffective and in fact, detrimental to the cause.