This one is from about five years ago. This says pretty well what I think about the need for believers to believe the same thing.
I usually forget to say this: I’m Matt Sears, a deacon here. At Adrian Christian Church we practice open communion. This is the Lord’s table, not ours. So whoever you are, and wherever you’re from, you are welcome. Come eat and drink.
It may be surprising to some of you, but in my experience, high school students have a lot of interests outside of their class work. In some cases their only interests lie outside their class work. And believe it or not, one of the things that students talk about a lot is religion. In the last couple of weeks alone, I have been privy to (that means I have eavesdropped and horned my way into various conversations), I have been privy to discussions about what happens to us when we die, the relative wrongness of homosexuality in comparison to other sins, and how various denominations read certain scriptures differently. None of these discussions were initiated by me (although I did stick my big beak in and contribute my two cents).
One recent student’s comment that has stuck with me was this: “Doctrine is everything.” What this student meant by that, I think, is that believing the right things about all things spiritual, is the most important thing. As I pondered this, I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t disagree more. If the church, the millions of brothers and sisters around the world who are celebrating communion or washing each others’ feet, or singing and listening to a sermon instead of doing either of these things, if we are only united by what we believe about the trinity, virgin birth, transubstantiation, predestination, preventient grace, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, and a hundred other things that as far as I know, Jesus never took the time to talk about, then we’re done for. If that’s everything, then all is lost.
But, if when we come together for communion, when we remember that we are part of a community of believers, a global community of believers, a community of believers that disagrees about a lot, but can agree that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and that he is our lord and savior, then that’s something.
Let’s try it.
That Jesus is the Christ
The son of the living God
And he’s my lord and savior
That is something, isn’t it?
But it’s just the start. When we participate in communion this morning, and remember what Christ has done for us, and who we are, and what we’re part of; and when we go out into the world bringing the love of Christ to the lonely, the hurt and the hungry; then that, I believe, is everything.