How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
On the way back from my weekend at the lake with the guys, my friend Paul told me a new one. A church his parents attended split in two and died a slow, painful death because of a conflict. The big issue that caused so much division, anger and consternation: Whether it was okay for the pastor’s wife to have a job outside the home.
I have a long love-hate relationship with the institutional church. I must confess that when I read the opening lyric of today’s psalm a sarcastic and cynical chuckle left my lips. While I agree with David’s idyllic homage to unity, both he and I know that the more common experience is for God’s people to waste emotional energy in silly conflicts.
Nevertheless, I recognize that the lyric reads “when.” David seems to acknowledge that it’s not an ever always occurrence. I also realize that as a follower of Jesus I have a responsibility to my brothers and sisters. If we are to experience peace and unity then I am required to contribute with a right attitude towards the leaders and those I worship with each Sunday. I am called to act and speak out of loving kindness, deference, forgiveness, grace, and gentleness. I can only control my own thoughts, words, and actions, but if I do my part then perhaps we’re one step closer to a good and pleasant outcome.
- When Have I…? (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Confession and Blessing (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Responding to Speculation and False Accusations (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- A Worthwhile Spiritual Exercise (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Fasting Devotion, Day Eighteen (stacylynnallen.com)
- Psalm 133: Catching Lightning in a Bottle (psalmslife.com)
- Solidarity or Unity? (faithorcertainty.wordpress.com)
- Belhar Part II: Reflections on Unity (thatreformedblog.com)