Back in the day, when the British Imperium ran around the globe and the Church Missionary Society preached to gospel to all but China, which had the nonconformist China Inland Mission, the mandarins of the colonial office knew the best way to ensure the empire was not troubled by the ememies of God and the King (noting that these were two separate groups) was to ensure that they kept fighting each other.
There were a fair number of Victorian Gentlemen, knowing they were not the conventional or marrying kind, who exploited these divisions. This is how Lawrence of Arabia ensured that the Saudis, not the Turks, would have the oil fields (this starving Turkey’s ally, Germany, of oil)
The same tactics are used now. There is nothing like a bit of pride disguised as theological rigour to cause schism, and the enemies of the faith do this. Having a few liberal people with theological credentials that can speak to the pagans as if they have faith helps tremendously.
Because we are called to unity. The Historical record shows hte need for unity. Those of the left have unity: if you do not support the leader (Comrade Dan or Jacinda) you don;t get funding: you get no platform, and instead you have the woke descend on you to audit. The process is the punishment.
The Covid crisis, manufactured or not, has thrown an awful light on our leaders and revealed those that have been found wanting. Australia is not only one of those nations that has suffered as a result; it has led the way on showcasing political leaders that would be hopelessly out of their depth in a kiddies’ wading pool. Victorian premier Dan Andrews has put some of the worst African and communist leaders to shame with his calculated misjudgements. And his enthusiastic bully boys and girls have been the local rozzers.
The end game here is a populace that is atomized, in the hope that they will seek help from the state. The state is run by socialists who are functionally atheistic. They cannot see a God, and the fate of those under their governance is worse that it was in the Dark Ages.
Living amid so many persecutions, the countenances of men bore witness of the terrible impressions upon their minds; for besides the evils they suffered from the disordered state of the world, they scarcely could have recourse to the help of God, in whom the unhappy hope for relief; for the greater part of them, being uncertain what divinity they ought to address, died miserably, without help and without hope.
Machiavelli, History of Florence and the affairs of Italy, quoted Voc Popoli
Contrast this with the psalm for today. Unity of brothers is good and pleasant and a blessing. it is division that is a curse.
A Song of Ascents, of David.
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever
The unity we have is in Christ, This predates the incarnation, and goes back beyond the law to the earliest history we have. Some of these people are not like us. They do things differently. That is immaterial. It is faith that makes us one.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.
I should add there is true unity and false unity. One of the things I find is that with the brotherhood you can disagree. With the false unity, you must parrot the pravda of the day. This is slowly failing.
That is the weakness of the media echo chamber. It works when it appears to be organic and natural. If it looks contrived, it actually works against the people trying to influence the public. Leaving it open makes it more effective for the people in charge, but it also makes it useful for their opponents. Closing it off makes the tool useless to the owner, as well as the opponents. There is no middle ground that works for the usual suspects, but not for their enemies.
What this means is the efforts to censure the public square will become less overt in the coming years. Banning people and manipulating search results is too ham-fisted to work in the modern age. Instead, contrived terror campaigns like the “white supremacy” stuff or the Russia paranoia will become the norm. The echo chamber will be flooded with this stuff, in an effort to drown out dissent. The echo chamber is about to be a bell rung by the same people all day every day..
This synthetic unity is akin to an asset bubble. People will seem to agree and everyone will be saying we are one, a team of five million (Jacinda’s favourite phrase) until they are not.
It is better to talk to an honest man struggling with his faith, who does things you do not, and to learn from him. For in Christ we will indeed find unity.
And it will not be broken by man, for it comes from God.