My friend Jay likes that term, “shoulder to shoulder”. It graphically captures the idea of being united in one effort, one cause. I have written before about my extreme over-competitiveness, but on occasion I realize the great virtue of unity and cooperation.
I think maybe I best see the values of cooperation within the Church, the Body of the Christ. We are all on the same team. We are co-laborers. We OUGHT to rejoice when one part of the Church, a congregation has great success. We OUGHT NOT to be competitive with each other.
But this is easier said than done, for me, and for most of us.
Why is that?
I suspect it has a bit to do with capitalism. I suspect it has a bit to do with sports. I suspect it has a bit to do with individualism. I suspect it has something to do with immaturity.
Sadly though, I think it has NOTHING to do with G^D. The G^D who is no respecter of persons, the G^D who died to save us ALL, the G^d who created the WHOLE universe and declared it good, the G^d who commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves, has NOTHING to do with our competition among those who believe in Him.
None of that is of G^d, all of that arises from our fallen nature. Sad eh?