By Aaron Pazan
Music by Bothell UMC
One Faith, One Hope, One Lord” by Keith Getty
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness. But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.
Ephesians 4: 4-7 The Message
As Christians we are called to act with unity of the whole Church for the greater good of the body. The church is filled with many different types of people, we may not always get along but we all belong to the same body.
We by definition as a Church are a community. A community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. The definition of Church is a body or organization of religious believers: as A. The whole body of Christians B. Denomination C. Congregation. Though it may not always seem like a Church is a community since we are spread all over the world however, it is.
With being a community in the Church we as individuals make up the connection with each other. From my own Church involvement with local, District, Conference, Jurisdiction, and Global events and organizations I can pretty much walk into any church and either know someone personally or be a friend of a friend with someone in the congregation. This unique connection opportunity has allowed me to meet people I would have never met or interacted with before.
Are individuality is what makes us a collective whole group of people. Each of us is given a gift that we must use!
One of my gifts God has given me is the use of social media, photography, and writing to inform other people about the social justice issues of the church. This issue has shown me where the Church has been, where the Church currently is, and where the Church is heading. The social justice issues I am passionate about are; equality for the LGBTQI community both as lay and clergy, and Imagine No Malaria.
We as Christians must use our uniqueness from our gift to spread the Gospel to those both outside and inside the Church.
How will you use your gift, your uniqueness for the greater good of the Church, should it be different from inside or outside the Church?