On Unity & Polarization

I hear the word all the time: polarization. It’s always used disparagingly. I understand why. There’s a great desire for unity, as in “can’t we all just get along?” No less than anyone else, I would rejoice if unity prevailed, both culturally and politically. Yet one must always ask what the basis for that unity might be. A false, forced unity would be no unity at all. It must be voluntary, and it must be grounded in reality.

Is unity at any cost the goal? Or is truth the goal? I cannot be united with the sins of this culture, but am called by God to stand against them. If I do so, am I the cause of divisiveness or merely the one pointing out that a great divide exists? If I speak out against the policies of the Obama administration, am I an unpatriotic citizen who should keep his mouth shut for the sake of unity, or am I instead one who seeks to right a ship that is listing and in danger of sinking?

Rush Limbaugh, at the beginning of the Obama regime, made a statement that caused a considerable stir. He said he hoped Obama would fail. That brought down on him not only the wrath of the Left but criticism from the vast mass of so-called independents. Yet they didn’t grasp what he meant. He had familiarized himself with the Obama worldview and agenda, unlike so many that—starry-eyed and naïve—had hoped the political messiah had arrived. He realized that if Obama succeeded in taking the nation where he wanted it to go, we would no longer be the nation that was founded over two centuries ago. He was correct in his analysis. Now, more than ever, people are waking up to the shipwreck that is about to occur if we stay on the Obama path. Limbaugh was prescient in his view of our future if Obama were to make his plans reality.

Yes, we are a polarized nation.

But polarization is not always bad. When one side of that polarization leads to disaster, it is incumbent upon the other side to speak up forcefully and with conviction. Right now, polarization is the key to turning things around.

Interestingly, Jesus never said that His message would bring unity. Rather, He said it would divide families because some would reject His words. The same is applicable for all truthful messages. There will always be those who reject and resist the truth, but that doesn’t negate the truth. I am not divisive by nature; I like agreement. But I will never agree with sin or falsehoods. I must stand for truth and allow truth to penetrate the fog of sin and falsehood that threatens to overwhelm us. That is the calling for every Christian. We need to be faithful to it.