Thursday, September 17, 2009

This week's lesson: II John

You never know who you're going to find in an Adventist church.

In my church, for instance, you'll find young and old, Republicans and Democrats, high-school dropouts and one, genuine rocket-scientist . . .

Not to mention church members who quote Bishop Spong, and others who pass out copies of Jan Marcussen's National Sunday Law.

In short, Sabbath mornings here in Lincoln City tend to bring together people who don't have much in common -- people who don't share the same politics, income, race, education, taste in music . . . or even the same views on Harry Potter!

No, just about the only thing we have in common is the fact that we all see ourselves as "Adventists" -- but so far, that's been enough to keep us together.

Sometimes, to be sure, it's been just barely enough . . .

But if we're clear on the things that unite us, then we're usually willing to let our differences slide.

That's why one of the best ways to ensure diversity in a church is to focus on the things we share -- to to focus on those things, in other words, where we don't allow diversity.

Otherwise, we'll end up with a church where everybody votes for the same candidates, listens to the same music, and earns just about the same amount of money . . .

And all because we have nothing else in common -- nothing else to draw in people who are different.

No, you never know who you're going to find in an Adventist church.

That's because we're all Adventists.

1 comment:

Heather Ann said...

I do appreciate this about our church...although sometimes it feels like a very fragile reality.