Rustlings (January 12, 2015)

Our commonalities far outweigh our differences. What we share is far deeper than that which sets us apart. It is the contrast of our opinions, beliefs, insights, perspectives that make the mosaic of church beautiful. To force religion into a rank and file rigidity would make us monochrome, miniscule and desolate of God’s splendor. How could any singular system of belief encompass the complete mystery of God? I love that I worship with people who differ from me. I love that we think, feel, respond and believe differently. I love that we make space for each other. Love each other. Allow each other to follow Christ as the Spirit leads us, without forcing our path and our position on the other. This kind of diversity will always be a challenge. It is, however, the only way to reflect the magnificence of God.

This past Saturday I attended a Spotlight Series performance of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s principle players. I was delighted by the music, the expressive language of the players as they explained each piece, the tasty refreshments and of course the company of fellow church members. Yesterday, I attended the Greenville Road Warriors hockey game with our Children’s Ministries. And again, there was music, the expressive language of the players, a different sort of tasty treat and of course the company of fellow church members. Both were enjoyable events. Both had their element of entertainment. Both held the potential for harm. Hey, you could put your eye out with an oboe!
Our commonalities far outweigh our differences. See you Sunday…

Jim