Unity - A Dialogue of Nature, Art and Science

Artist, naturalist and author Christopher Marley reveals the sometimes obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens. While wondering around the Houston Museum of Natural Science I was struck by this quote at his Biophilia Exhibit

Biophilia art

"…Unity is the backbone of the Biophilia theory. It is because we are part of nature that we innately love it. And when we begin to see natural elements that relate to one another visually…it is enthralling…because it reinforces that fact that we also belong. Our love of nature is not just a star-struck crush or a hopelessly unrequited pursuit. If minerals and insects can match, if birds and fish can go together, if fossils and servants can form a perfect ensemble, then surely humankind belongs as well. When nature is unified, humankind cannot help but be included in the group hug…”

Unity. No matter our heritage—Jew or Greek, insider or outsider—no matter our status—oppressed or free—we were all given the one Spirit, it’s in our DNA. And, as the Body of Christ, we believers are exhorted to be unified. This doesn’t mean we all have to agree on every little detail or all have the same likes and dislikes. But to be truly powerful, the Church needs to be coalesced in its following of Christ. 

That they may all be one…
that the world may believe. 
~ Jesus (John 17:21)

Yet the Body of Christ is divided ... you’re not shocked are you? With humility, may I suggest that maybe we turn from:
  • Us vs: Them. Tribalism is alive and well in the modern church in the North America. But let’s be honest, our tribe is not as great as we think it is. We have our blind spots. Better to Love larger; embrace those not like us. Make friends with a stranger.
  • Not reading or thinking outside of our comfort zone. Aristotle wrote : “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.“
  • Shying away from learning or practicing contemplative prayer. Meditative, introspective prayer isn’t ‘new age’ it is not yoga-like or reserved for the ‘emerging church’. Contemplative prayer as defined by St Teresa is “...taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.”
The only real hope we have to experience Christian unity is in our self-emptying allegiance to Jesus. He is the head of the church. So agree with me in Prayer: 
May God, who gives us patience and encouragement, help us live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. May we all join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, accepting each other just as Christ has accepted us. To the God of all glory we pray in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God one church forever and ever, ~ Amen.
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