It Takes Two
Remember the old song 1988 hip hop song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two”? Well, that’s one version. I believe the original was done in the 1960s. You remember: “It takes two to make a thing go right. It takes two to make it out-a-sight.” I have been contemplating over the past month the implications of “two”: no, not the number and numerology aspects of “two”, but how we are surrounded by “twos”. For example, we have two ears and two eyes. What happens if one of the two stops working?
I knew a pastor who had one glass eye. The circumstances of what happened to his other eye elude me, but I do remember that his depth perception was greatly hindered. He’d learned to compensate for it for the most part but he would never play baseball, and was very awkward even when successful at catching a ball. The idea of him driving still scares me! What is my point? Well, even though both our eyes are…well…eyes, they see whatever we are looking at from a different perspective. Our eyes “united” gaze gives us a clearer view of whatever it is we are seeing. Not only do we “see” the object more clearly, we are also more accurately able to discern where it is in relation to ourselves and other “things”.
Our ears work in a similar manner. This has become all too real to me over the past few days. Due to a middle ear and sinus infection, my left eardrum ruptures and I have temporarily lost some of the hearing in that ear until the drum repairs itself. In essence, my right ear in “down for maintenance” LOL! One of the side effects of this condition is that I am having trouble discerning whether the sound I am hearing is coming from the basement, upstairs, or the room next to me. My children think this is hilarious. Because I know my hearing is “off” I’ve learned to rely on others to tell me where the sound is coming from. In simple terms the two pinnae (plural of pinna) of a person’s left and right ears work together to determine if a sound is coming from the right or left. A sound that’s coming from the right reaches the right eardrum sooner than the left. It also sounds slightly louder in the right ear. The brain compares the input from both ears and uses this to decide which side the sound came from.
Similarly we have two hands (arms) and feet (legs) for the purpose of balance and stability.
As believers, ministers, and seekers of God this is important to us because we need to make sure we are not relying on only one “eye” or “ear”. If we have only the perspective of one input our perceptions will be off guiding us in the wrong direction.
Consider: 1 Cor 12:14-18
14 the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (KJV)
Now, the point of this previous scripture is that we are many, different, yet together we make one whole. Just as we cannot say we don’t need our hand because it experiences wind differently than our eye that the hand is “wrong” or not in “unity” with the rest of the Body…even so, we cannot say we do not need another believer simply because he or she experiences, manifests, or is otherwise different from our own “reality”. We cannot say they are not “one of us” or are not “in unity” with us. Rather it is our privilege to have multiple perspectives and from them derive a more refined view of our surroundings and our location in those surroundings.
Why do I mention this? Because as a Body of Christ we have despised and marginalized one another based on our differing experiences and interpretations of the Bible, God, and our world. This has to stop! It is ridiculous for me to think that my eye would have the same perspective and experience as my ear. When, in fact, one eye has a different perspective than the one sitting next to it. No two members experience the same experiences the same way, and that is how we were designed to function. Even God (who is one, in perfect unity) is “multifaceted” (1 Pet. 4:10), has many Names and expression so that we might perceive and experience Him more fully.
Our unity, then, cannot be based on our agreement and identical beliefs or perspectives. Our unity must be based on some deeper, more lasting/enduring connection. There must be a stronger bond than the fleeting views that we hold. What does the Word say about this bond?
Eph 4:1-6 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (KJV)
My prayer for the Body of Christ in 2013 is that we all begin to walk out the previous six verses. I pray that we lay down our need to be “right”, our need to “win others over to our way of seeing things”, our need to “fix our brothers and sisters” and that we would with all lowliness, meekness, and with longsuffering forbear one another in love endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I pray that we would truly believe that there really is only one body, one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all (even doctrine), through all, and in us all!
1 Thess 5:23-24 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (KJV)
God is faithful, friends! He will preserve us…all of us, by the power of His Grace.