…being restored and united under one God….”(AA 161)
In the process of working the Traditions with a sponsor, I am intrigued by the importance of unity in our Program. It sits alongside recovery and service in the AA triangle and is stressed in all our literature more than I would have thought. This must be an important concept.
Concurrently, I have been reading with interest about the ancient Hebrew idea of the covenant. Unlike the modern notion of a legal contract, the covenant was an all-encompassing agreement in which the nation was more important than the individual. While a contract is based on equal exchange or substitution of goods or services, a covenant binds the parties in an irreversible oneness which says, “What is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.” Marriage is one of the few remaining covenants in western society. Another is the SA fellowship
I experience a covenant rather than a contract in SA. I signed no agreement for which I can be held liable in a court of law. Instead, I have become part of a society which puts the group dead center in importance. Without unity, there is no lasting recovery and hence no opportunity for service. We in SA lack unity of possessions, ideology, religion, or even interests. Rather, we have a spiritual unity of purpose, vision, and persistence without which we can never become whole individuals. What an oxymoron: by submitting my ego to the conscience of the group, I become a better part of the whole and a finer human being.
Help me, God, to honor the covenant I have made with my fellow sexaholics, and with You.