This has been a hard week for our country. America is very obviously a divided nation. Over the days since the violence in our nation’s capital, many people have opined how we move forward. How will we heal from this? How do we move forward? Are we even able to do that?
Charles Town Presbyterian Church is an incredibly unique church. Many members may not realize this, but our membership has as many Republicans as Democrats; as many theologically progressive people as we do traditionally orthodox. What I love about our church family is that despite those personal viewpoints and differences, we make it work. We are…together. Not everyone can do that, and when I talk about our congregation with other pastors, it is a point I am proud to share.
In this moment of chaos and confusion, we need to hang on to that unity and togetherness. I fielded numerous phone calls, messages, and emails on Thursday, and one of them was from one of our elders, who reminded me of this verse:
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
Before we are Democrat or Republican, we are American. And before we are American, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We serve and have been saved by a Savior who is building a kingdom not of this world, a kingdom greater than any country or person on this earth. We are bound together by the grace of Christ and the good news of the gospel. That is what unifies Christians, that is what keeps us together in worship, mission, and fellowship.
It is in that unity, a unity we know well and practice at CTPC, where we will begin to find hope.
Obviously, “together” is difficult during the pandemic. However, there are still great ways we can demonstrate our togetherness in Christ. First, extend grace. None of us agrees on everything. Where we disagree, we must be gracious, kind, and loving toward one another. We may disagree on something, but disagreement does not mean we stop being together. If anything, it means we work harder to lift up that on which we find agreement, which for Christians, begins with Christ. Second, assume the best. This is needed more than ever. Let’s work to assume that people say what they mean and mean what they say, let’s expect the best of one another. And finally, we must pray. Perhaps that should be the first point, but it’s honestly something we ought to be doing anyway and always.
Keep one another in prayer, keep our nation in prayer, and pray that we, as Christ’s ambassadors in a broken world, are able to share his love and shine his light.
It is desperately needed.