…on division in the church
I remember a very foolish argument as a child that nearly caused the entire class to end up in detention. We argued over which radio station played the best R&B music; WHAT or WDAS. Somehow it became rather heated and intense which of course I had to take part. I immediately chimed into this seesaw affair as each side rose to scream out the call letters “HAT” – “DAS”. This playground event clearly inappropriate for the classroom went far too long as the teacher came in and interjected with a warning before starting the lesson. None of us were interested in having this debate after school. I was glad it was over, because if truth be told, I had no idea which of these stations played the better music because I didn’t listen to the radio. I didn’t even know what the call numbers were. If my wee circle of friends claimed “WHAT” than so did I. Fairly new to the city of Philadelphia, what did I know? I was a country girl from Maryland. As the year would go by I found that both stations played decent music, slightly different but still R&B and both enjoyable. God provides various vehicles (ministries) for us to reach him, to enjoy his presence, and build our relationships through his son Jesus Christ. And it really doesn’t matter how we hear him, as long as we take the time to listen for the one and only God, one faith and one baptism in Christ Jesus. Difference is okay but we must not lose sight of what brings us together and be careful not to raise the non-essential to the position of the essential.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – 3:15 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.
2 Peter 1:20-21 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.