Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. (Henri Nouwen, Dutch theologian)
“United we stand, divided we fall” is an adage that is played out the world over. Yet, nations are often divided by widely different political viewpoints. Nouwen clearly shows us what it takes to have unity; he calls it “community.” It’s a biblical principle that, if adhered to, would foster a much greater sense of camaraderie that could avert harmful interactions.
In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)