We need to take action, and unify the church. If you read the Bible, you’ll know there’s got to be unity. It’s key to Jesus’ return. We need to begin an “iron sharpening iron” dialogue. Let’s come to an understanding. It might be hard, but it’s not impossible. We are all in this together. We are all the church. We sing differently, we worship differently, we handle our services differently, but those differences should not stand in the way of seeking unity in our ideas of who God is and how He works. We’re missing that, and Christian thinkers need to come together and start sharpening each other.
Dialogue is not a competition. It’s not about proving that your words are better than someone else’s. It’s not, “I know I’m right, and I know you’re wrong.” Hey. Don’t be afraid of conflict. And don’t be afraid to be wrong. And be prepared to adjust your thought process, if you find the other guy makes sense. Right now, I think we’re unwilling to do that.
Youth pastors in Spokane seem to be doing a very good job of getting together with each other. It wasn’t like that when I first started Generation Alive. Back then it felt like the churches were involved in a turf war. It felt like they were saying to each other, “Don’t get in our way. When you put on an event, we’re going to hold one at the same time.” Are you kidding me? Unity felt like it was a long way out.
Things have changed now. I feel like the youth pastors have done a better job, and I’m glad to see it. Generation Alive is doing work with Spokane-area schools, but we’re also trying to unify the church by helping the youth pastors build unity. After all, they are the ones who are discipling our young leaders.
If you’re not willing to sit with thinkers and engage in sharpening dialogue, you may never learn. Maybe some people are different from you. Maybe they have different lenses. But everyone’s focus is centered on the same God. Through dialogue, those different lenses could make sense to you and improve the way you see things. Through dialogue, your lenses could make sense to others and improve the way they see things.
But if you don’t engage in dialogue, you may never know. And if we’re not willing to sit with other Christians in community, we’re never going to be unified. See you Wednesday.