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1 Maccabees 1:41-42 Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and that all should give up their particular customs.
Where dictators and autocrats run off the rails is in the method of creating union. Unity doesn’t equal uniformity. The gracious rule of Christ brings together people of every race, nationality, social status, taste in music or food or drink, and a variety of politics without demanding that those personal attributes or proclivities be laid aside. We are one in Christ, even as we cherish our particular customs.
MOVING FORWARD: Where have you experienced unity without expectation of uniformity? How will you promote that type of environment in your congregation and community?