Family Thoughts 9.1.15
I’ve been to a lot of different “Christian” events. I attended Lake Ann Camp from 6th grade through 12th, including summer camp, retreats both in the fall and winter, as well as the leadership camp they offered. After I graduated I attended Camp Harvest for a week as a camper, and returned the two subsequent summers as a counselor. I’ve been to a college conference in Chicago, and another, larger church-encompassing university of classes that lasted for a week. I’ve been to numerous Christian concerts in numerous states. The interesting thing about this is that despite the differences in all these events, they all overlapped in one way: the goal was always the same. At the different camps, retreats, concerts, and lectures I attended one thing was always in common. The purpose was driven for one God, one King. Each event was always geared to worship and audience of One.
There is nothing profound about this realization. I’m sure a lot of you have thought these same things years before. But for me it became more clear as I was standing under a starry sky in the middle of a pine grove, surrounded by hundreds of students all singing to the same God.
Honestly I think it was the set list that did it. There were so many different songs from so many different bands, and so many different styles. Over the hour and a half or so that we stood there. I realized “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
So often we focus on the fact that we are one in Christ, and rightly so. Yet so often, at least as far as I’m concerned, I miss the fact that we worship one God. No matter the context of our worship, be it the Bible-belt church or the village church in Kenya, we all worship the same King. This should be a unifying factor, even more so than the realization that we are neither “Jew nor Greek, slave or free,” because Jesus Christ is what binds us together, not our social identity.
When our identity is wrecked by an all-encompassing God, our fears are shattered and our hearts are freed.