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Bringing People Together

Colossians 3:11

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Yesterday was MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr. tried to bring people together. I saw a picture of MLK and Billy Graham on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page and Franklin said they were good friends and both tried to bring about good. Here is what Franklin wrote.

My father Billy Graham was friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is honored today. They knew each other well. They traveled together some, and at least one time even stayed in the same room together! Dr. King’s daughter, Bernice King, said, “I think both Dr. Graham and my father were trying to make the world a better place…They were different obviously in their style and their approach, but I think their heart and their goal was the same.” When my father was holding an evangelistic Crusade in Chattanooga, TN, in 1953, he arrived and ropes had been put up to segregate the people. He was appalled. He told the head usher to take down the ropes, but he wouldn’t—so my father took down the ropes himself. He told the ushers who threatened to put them back up, “Either these ropes stay down or you can go on and have the revival without me.” I appreciate the strong stand he took. #MLKDay

Bringing people together doesn’t mean accepting everything everyone believes. We can hold to truth and still try to work together with others. We hopefully learned in grade school to play well together. Some I think failed that training. Even those who say we should be tolerant – have a hard time being tolerant of those who differ with them it seems.

I lived in Seat Pleasant during the time when MLK was alive and involved in civil rights. I remember his death and the riots that occurred afterward. MLK was a man of resolve but a man of peace. Bringing people together is so very important.

In today’s culture – we see the need to bring people together – in our congress – in our nation – in world politics – in the United Methodist Church (and the list could go on). Having a different theological view doesn’t mean we cannot work together on some things. Being of a different mindset politically doesn’t mean we cannot work together for what is best for our nation.

I realize on some things we will never agree – but there are far more things where we can work together. Just because we are liberal of conservative in our views doesn’t mean there aren’t areas where we could work together.

I believe our denomination is headed for some sort of split. I have a number of colleagues on the far left or even near left that will probably go with a different segment of the church than I will. If this happens – I pray we will still connect – come together – when we can – in order to help others and keep some form of Christian unity.

Colossians 3:11 – Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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January 16, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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