“You pledge that you will … do your duty to God. What duty do you have to God? Duty is a word that means you are expected or required to do something as an obligation. You are obligated to someone for something, perhaps because something was done to or for you and you owe that one something in return. Now, it’s expected of you. You are required to do something. No second-guessing. No questions asked. You’ve been informed as to what is required, so you do it as a duty.
“But what did God do for you that you owe the Almighty something in return? You’re living, you’ve got life inside your body. God gave you the ability to choose, to reason, to imagine. You have a body to navigate around this world. God has done it all for You. He created this marvelous universe and put you here in this particular spot where you can breathe and learn to live abundantly enjoying the benefits of a sun rising every day, with animals to enjoy and feed on, water to drink. And in these waters fish to catch and eat. You have others to talk and fellowship with, and on and on.
“God has done this for you, so what do you have to give as a . . . duty . . . in return for this life you’ve been given? God has also sacrificed His only Son for you. So how do you repay Him for that? You choose to live the way God wants you to live; no lying, no stealing, no cheating, none of that wanting what your neighbor has. And, yes, there’s usually an and. And, you want to tell others about this gift.
“On your honor, you will do that, right? It is your duty to God to live that way.
“There is only one human race, not dozens, all of us descendants of Adam through Noah. But because of our gravitation to disobedience, we’ve been dispersed into various shades of that one beginning. Shouldn’t our physical differences be a sign to us, a reminder of that first disobedience? No, we don’t think about it like that, do we? No, our thinking dominates toward the present circumstances. We don’t call dark-skinned horses blacks; no, they’re horses. They are one and all the same. It’s that invisible enemy with continual suggestions dividing us.”
Copied from the novel “Considering the Ant:Memoirs of Samuel Guardyall”
Ah this Latin phrase has been a popular motto here in the US of A. “Out of many, One.” Yes, the country grew great as immigrants from all over the world sailed to their new home in the west easily accepting the diverse multitudes. My grandparents immigrated here from Sweden. Growing up in Chicago, I’ve visiting China town, had dinner in German restaurants, visited a Swedish fellowship where only Swedish was talked, drove through a Jewish and an African neighborhood. The high school was biracial. As a whole everyone was accepted. We were peacefully tolerating our different paths.
Accepting, not really, as our history tells a very different story at times. Just a few examples. We’ve slaved those from Africa to the cotton fields. We’ve pushed the native Americas aside. We fought against the Spaniards inhabiting the south. During the great second war, we rounded up the Japanese into interment camps as their home rulers attacked us first. And here we are now facing all of this head on that’s dividing us away from e pluribus unum.
E unum pluribus is the solution by reversing the original motto to “Out of One Many.” Jesus, the One, the original son of God begetting many other sons of God, us, natural humans of every continent believing and practicing the commandment to “Love one another.”