Who remembers these famous words of Rodney King? I’m not here to bring up old news, but the answer is YES! Getting along is a choice!
Today, I participated in a funeral at a Seventh Day Adventist Church. I arrived at 12:30 to meet with the family prior to the service at 2:00. I had no clue where the meal was going to be, so I just went inside the building and heard the pastor still preaching. Let me remind you that they worship on the Sabbath (Saturday). I slipped in the back of the sanctuary during the closing song of their service. I figured someone there would know where I was supposed to go. As I looked around and experienced everything from my arrival through the end of the funeral, here are some things I appreciated.
- I saw a very ethnically diverse church to be what is considered “small”. I saw the ethnic vision for the church I pastor right before my eyes.
- All ethnicities were so kind and loving toward one another. I saw people of all ages talking to each other, and many of the people engaged me in conversation. It was a sweet time.
- It was what I call “simple church”. I do not say that in a derogatory manner. They worship, preach, and fellowship without the show. They appeared to understand the concept of faith community. It reminded me a little bit of church when I was growing up.
- They were gracious despite doctrinal differences. My previous denominational affiliation was known for breaking fellowship over minor things. It was great to know that we combined to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make the gospel known through celebrating the life of a man who lived for Christ.
WE CAN GET ALONG! It’s a choice we make. If you are at odds with someone now, I encourage to give it to God. Time is too short, and the bitterness and hatefulness are not worth it.