Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow (Jesus Christ). So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship (it’s false human loyalty). ~A.W. Tozer
Eloquently stated Mr. Tozer!
Tozer is, of course, speaking about unity and where true unity comes from. If our eyes are diverted from Jesus and look to man, the teachings and traditions of men, we end up tuned to each other. This is a warped version of unity–a religion that is social.
A religion that is social looks good. It entertains. It may grant success. Yet, it is powerless. But because it’s social we like it, or think we are supposed to like it, everyone else seems to…
Socialization is conformity. We conform to whoever or whatever is around us. We give up our convictions of Truth and even ignore the Holy Spirit to follow a crowd. It’s hard to turn your back on a crowd, all those voices, sometimes respected voices.
Why did Paul say to the church, do not conform to the pattern of this world, Romans 12:2? He was saying, do not be socialized… not to the world, not to a crowd, not to a religious form, not to man’s traditions. These are all powerless and we begin to look like, sound like, taste like, feel like, love-or-hate like, whoever or whatever we socialize to. If it’s man our faith will be powerless.
Jesus is the standard. By continually fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, Hebrews 12:2, we are transformed by the renewing of our mind, Romans 12:2. And as we are being transformed into His image, 2Corinthians 3:18, we grow more like Him in nature and character. It is in this place that our hearts will be nearer to and filled with true love for each other. This is the unity Tozer is speaking of.