Finding Unity in Community
November 02 | By Phil Waldrep
This year at our annual Celebrators Conference, the theme was “Four Days of Thanks.”
We spent the week in beautiful Pigeon Forge celebrating those who serve in their churches, communities and country.
Throughout the week we had teaching from Dr. David Jeremiah, a fun night of comedy with Chonda Pierce and times of worship with Selah, Veritas, Charles Billingsley and the Gaither Vocal Band.
We also had a special night of honoring America and our veterans with the nation’s 43rd president, George W. Bush. Challenger, the bald eagle who flies at inaugurations and national sporting events, was there as 8,000 of us sang the Star-Spangled Banner with pride.
There’s something about patriotism and camaraderie that stirs up emotions.
You see, the honor and privilege of being an American has nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican, a Libertarian or an Independent. It’s not about age or skin color or being from the north, south, east or west.
We are unified as Americans, just as we are unified through Christ.
In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he says, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV).
The psalmist, David, also wrote about the importance of solidarity in Psalm 133:1.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
As we begin this season of thanks, remember to be thankful for the people God has placed in community around you, and to appreciate our unity through Jesus Christ.