Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Spitting Images Sometimes Still Spit
Frick and frack...
It's reassuring to be like someone.
More than likely, your best friends are like you in many ways. It's how we get along.
But it's not how we grow.
God did not make a church of identical twins. Instead, He made complementary parts.
Just as each one of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.--Romans 12:4
But we don't like that. We want people just like us. We want the minister to preach in a way that reaches us. We want the kind of music that moves us. We want a liturgy that is meaningful to us.
And we expect it to reach, and move, and be meaningful to everybody else, too.
Well, that is not God's plan.
We are different. And we are stuck with each other.
We do not get to change other people to be like us.
And we do not get to divide ourselves from them because they are different.
The church is meant to be more like a family, complete with weird Uncle Ralph and crazy Grandma Mabel. Or maybe a husband who just doesn't understand us. Or a child who has broken our heart. They are an intentional gift from God. We are supposed to learn to love them exactly as they are.
Spitting images get along pretty effortlessly, but we rarely have the opportunity to find out. More often, we share our lives with people very different from ourselves and have to figure out how to share in peace. It is good. God would have us make the effort.