We humans tend to think in terms of two groups: us and them. The functional definition of “them” is anyone who does not agree with me on some key issue. We make Muslims into thems because they do not accept Christ. We make other Christians into thems because they do not accept the Restoration. We make other Latter-day Saints into thems when they disagree with us on key points of belief. We make family members into thems when they hurt our feelings. Then we exaggerate differences and vilify the different.
This cannot be according to God’s will. He says that “if ye are not one, ye are not mine” (D&C 38:27).
Perhaps we should be better at finding common ground. Perhaps we could be more tuned to the things we have in common. With many Muslims we share a deep commitment to God. With most other Christians we share a
profound love of Christ. With all Latter-day Saints we share eternal covenants and fundamental truth. With family members we share a bond and covenant.
Are there ways we could be better at finding our common ground and appreciating our shared purpose? Would our worlds be better places as we did so? Is the willingness to see our shared purposes a part of our answer to the commandment to love as He loves? How can we be better at reaching toward unity?