Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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