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WHEN NOT TO BE IN AGREEMENT/UNITY
The bible is filled with verses that encourages us to “dwell in unity”. In Psalm 133:1, we read: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.” The subject of unity is so important in any human endeavor, especially when it involves a group. In Amos 3:3, we also read: “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”
The benefits of unity and agreement to the church (body of Christ and the local assembly) have been stressed in scripture and evident in the three versed chapter of Psalm 133. The same can also be said about a couple and their home, a team at work or in a game.
But there are a few times in scriptures that the bible portrays God, a strong proponent of agreement or unity, as being opposed to it. This is the main focus of this piece.
So when is it okay not to be in agreement?
Our text tells a story that has been popularly labelled “The Tower of Babel.” The Hebrew meaning for “Babel” is confusion and disorder. How funny; because that is the outcome when we go against the will of God in any matter.
We read in Genesis 1:28 that part of God’s mandate to humanity/mankind was to “multiply, and replenish the earth.” According to the English Dictionary, to replenish means “to refill, renew, supply again, and add fresh quantity”. But, according to Genesis 11:1-9, we see a people who thought it was wise to remain in one location and avoid scattering. But God had a different plan for them.
Not that their plan was a sin. But it contravenes the original plan of God for man and the earth.
Whilst it is true that God admonishes us to be in agreement, it does not include covering a sinful act or conspiring with one to do evil. The account in the text revealed that a man sinned and his wife was privy to it. Meaning that she knew about it and was cool with it. How sad!
I believe the place of a spouse, friend, sibling, parent, child, colleague, etc. is to stop one from falling into error or otherwise dissociate oneself from the person and act. But to connive with a sinner to cover up a sinful act is neither friendly nor brotherly and certainly not a marital duty.
It is written, “Though hand join in hand, the wicked (sinful, unrighteous, etc.) shall not go unpunished.” Proverbs 11:21, 16:5. (KJV paraphrased).
Bringing it all together.
Agreement or unity is good and should be coveted. It is a key factor for success in almost, if not all, fields of human endeavour. However, the success that agreement or unity brings cannot be used to achieve purposes that are against the will of God, against one that has divine backing or to cover up a sinful act.
It is important to get these vital balance in life.
Peace and Blessing!
Franklin Onoben is a Pastor, Teacher and Career counselor and a member of REALMEN INITIATIVE Seminar
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