“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”
SINGLE is how you were born. Get with it. Even if someone declared you married from the womb , a single person , a one, is who essentially you are. There’s not another one of you in the universe. You truly are unique. Sui generis. God is not into mass producing copies. Every life story is original. A clone or your twin though genetically identical is still a separate entity. None else is you. Don’t get me wrong. Singleness doesn’t entail weakness. It is not a lower status, virtue, or vocation. There’s influence in oneness. The many can wield great power, so does one person acting alone. God is one. Christ is one, so is the Spirit. Is there power in numbers? Never discount the power of one. Sex one time can get you pregnant. Or infect you with AIDS. One love can shatter your heart, or make it fall. One bullet is sufficient to kill. Forget the entire arsenal. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step, but that journey might end with a one last breath. The beginning of a beautiful love story arises from giving yourself and accepting that special one in a perpetual give-and-take binary. God did it. The startup we call the universe popped into existence from the one creative divine statement :
“Let there be…….”
And so he began. One creative act. One word. One purpose. One world of humanity. One man, Adam, the progenitor of Homo sapiens. His one sin begat death. But it didn’t require an army to undo the Fall. It took one man, the perfect man to die one time to rescue us all. We could dub it “Gods greatest love story, ” as an all encompassing title for God rescuing act. The One died for the guilty many. A single act of love conceived in the mind of God, and displayed in the blood stained cross in that one day where God chose love rather than wrath.
Let’s call it a subsequent creative act of God, that his unique Son should become faiths object and love’s goal. What’s the point of falling in love with yourself? We need not to duplicate or outrank Narcissus. Faith is at its purest essence when aimed at the One. Make no mistake. God is jealous. Possessive. He is not the training wheels for other loyalties that we may want to get invested. He wants us for himself or not at all. Zero tolerance for compromise. Let’s we forget, the Shema is about the one God who knows no equals:
” Hear oh Israel The Lord our God he is one, you will have no other gods beside me” ( Deuteronomy 6:4).
Reality doesn’t sink in yet? Try sharing your spouse with the next best man. The thought stings uh?! So what’s the fuss about calling the Christian faith narrow and exclusive? Many things have to be narrow and exclusive. The Boys Scout, Navy Seals and the NFL are. Water boils at 100 F , 4+4=8 ; and so on. We risk losing our sanity and very humanity when allowing maximum flexibility and inclusivity at the level where little or none is warranted. One man for one woman for life. That’s narrow and exclusive . But it’s the best system for avoiding heart ache, chaos, and disappointment . The purveyors of free love have yet to explain why their stance creates many victims and unmitigated STDS.
Faith has no sanctuary in a heart divided. Faith is for the One. That’s how it was meant to be. It’s the blueprint for discovering life’s exciting opportunities and possibilities. The alternative is a life fragmented. Why, because our commitments are. Because we can’t commit to just One! And so we remain a scattered identity. A self so untrue. A good work of God aborted and frustrated. Life without God is un- life, descent, un -creation. To be truly human is to plunge into faiths trajectory, to intercept the love and purpose of Jesus Christ and make it our own. He won’t allow alternative routes. There is only one way. He is it. He is the One.
“I’m the way the truth and the life no one comes through the Father except through me” ( John 14:6).