Back in the olden days, even way before my olden days, the Jewish nation was divided between the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. It was ruled over by two factions each with a capitol city. It took one man to unite the two kingdoms into one. His name was David. Although David had his ups and downs in his personal life and was far from perfect he did manage to pull together what was best in the two kingdoms into one unified identity. What this demonstrates is no matter how disparate ideologies are, it is possible to find common ground. It takes a strong charismatic leader who can see the similarities beneath the divisions and can craft unity.
they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms.
23 They will no longer defile themselves with their foul idols, their horrors and any of their crimes. I shall save them from the acts of infidelity which they have committed and shall cleanse them; they will be my people and I shall be their God.
24 My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my judgements, respect my laws and practise them. (Ezekiel 37:22-24)
Sounds pretty straight forward, yet sometimes the most unlikely hero is the one who most people would pass over and resent. The hero who when having the sleeping enemy an arms length away (an awakeDavid vs a sleeping Saul in the cave) chooses not to kill him but to spare his life. In a world where power through war was more valued than the power through peace it was a show of strength rather than weakness .
49 One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, ‘You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all;
50 you fail to see that it is to your advantage that one man should die for the people, rather than that the whole nation should perish.’ (John 11:49-50)
Upsetting the de rigueur of always showing strength through implied violence with a better way seems to put people in a defensive mode. By not following the “normal course” of things may be the very thing that makes us powerful even in the face of misunderstandings and perhaps certain death.
…and so it goes