On the Same Team
Imagine two different scenes in your mind’s eye. The first is a courtroom where two different attorneys face off with opening arguments, the questioning of witnesses, and cries of “I object!” It makes for good drama: you can’t count the number of TV shows, movies, and stage-plays that take place in a courtroom. The second scene is of a sports team huddled around their coach as she outlines the final play that will [hopefully] bring them the championship victory they’ve all been working for. All eyes are on her clipboard and all ears are tuned-in to her instructions. This makes for good drama as well, whether in real-life or in the movies.
When God’s people gather together as the church in the name of Jesus Christ we don’t always see eye to eye. We disagree on things large and small. All-too-often these scenes of disagreement resemble the courtroom scene I described above. Different members of the Body of Christ see themselves as opposing attorneys, fighting to win their case. This approach certainly creates drama (although I wouldn’t call it “good”). Sure, there might be victory of a sort with this approach, but even if you end up winning, the Body of Christ loses.
God calls us to follow a different approach: one that resembles the second scene. When there is disagreement and questions about how we should solve a problem, it’s important for us to remember that we are all on the same team. We’re not adversaries who are trying to overcome one another, but rather teammates, working together to find the best, most Godly, way forward. We are guided in this process through the Holy Spirit, our coach who will help us to move forward.
So the next time you are part of a church argument, remember that the people on the other side of the debate are your teammates, not the opposition. It’s what Jesus calls us to do. Saint Paul says, “Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:4-5a) Open yourself to the Holy Spirit who has already drawn up a play for you and your teammates.