That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21—NIV)

The Scriptures speak of the desirability of unity among the people of God. Psalms tells us unity among the brothers is like "precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes." There the Lord bestows the blessing of eternal life.

The Lord Jesus prayed we may be one as He and the Father are One.

The Apostle Paul spoke of "one Lord, one faith, one baptism."

The writer of Hebrews warns us of the possibility of a root of bitterness springing up causing trouble and defiling many.

There is no question that the Church without spot or wrinkle eventually will be perfect in the unity that exists only in the Godhead, and also the nations will cease fighting one another as the law proceeds from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Ours is a day of togetherness. Whether of nations, denominations, age groups, genders, families, the desirability of unity, mutual respect, love, peace, can be seen. The destruction and pain caused by the eras of war are urging us to try to find ways of promoting harmony and cooperation.

The current apologies for past wrongs and the efforts to make peace among previously warring groups proceed from good motives, we believe, although no human efforts are without their unworthy blemishes—people striving for preeminence, graft, political corruption, and so forth.

It has been reported by some that there are two or three powerful groups of people, very wealthy, who have been and yet are plotting to gain financial control of the entire world. They are so wealthy they can control the politics of the largest nations. Some are involved in thesis and antithesis schemes to force a synthesis of nations.

It is said these manipulators of society control the newspapers to such an extent that what we read is so superficial (in terms of what actually is taking place) that our emotions rise and fall without basis in fact. The Middle East and the Western nations alike are dupes of the master planners. The citizens of the affected nations and races are used and thrown aside like pieces of wood from a carpenter's workbench. The death of twenty million men and women, boys and girls, is of little significance if it accomplishes the global designs of these masters of the world.

I have little doubt that this is a true picture of the actual source of world history, although I recognize also God regards such self-directed billionaires as fools who, without realizing it, are accomplishing His eternal purposes in Jesus Christ. God laughs at their attempts to cast aside His laws and ways.

With all of this I believe the motivations of the wealthy, powerful schemers are not totally corrupt. No doubt they truly believe their efforts will bring about a better life for everyone, certainly better than what has been true of the impoverished millions of world history and even of today. Of course, the planners see themselves as rulers over all of this—even over the rulers whom they set up and depose at their will.

To be continued.