Do you ever feel isolated and alone? Do you feel like no one knows you or understands your life situation and you muddle through day to day but aren’t really thriving? You need community. Not just a community where there are a bunch of people working or walking or driving or shopping each in isolation from the other. You need community. People who stand in solidarity with you. People that you can work with, serve with, laugh with, cry with, debate with, and love with. Albert Schwietzer, theologian and physician once wrote, “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” Even in America, the so called melting pot, there is a nation of ‘them’ and ‘us’ – rich and poor – working and unemployed – educated and uneducated – the list could go on. We do not see one nation – let alone “one nation under God.”
In what is often referred to as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer (John 17), he said, “so that they may be brought to complete unity (solidarity). Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” We are one. As a human race – we are one. We are not divided by the color of our skin, but our gender, or by the nation we live in – we are one. Nationalism sells slogans and tourism and armies but we are one people. If that has not been abundantly clear from the pictures of earth from outer space we have completely wasted our money on space exploration. To seek community is to seek our natural state. We are not designed to be isolated and alone. Solidarity begins with two or three people who say, “united we stand, divided we fall.” The future belongs to people who understand this and apply it locally and globally.