Uniformity or Unity?

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 Isn’t it amazing to think that you and I are in the last days?

God didn’t ask Abraham or Moses to be here.

Not John the Baptist or Paul. 

But you and I. 

We’re the generation that is called “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). 

I by no means want to undermine the importance of sound doctrine. We absolutely need that. 

 But we have a generation that is in the dark, and they are being shut out by the church. This father-less generation, coming from broken homes, needs mentors within the church. Sadly, oftentimes, they just get rejected. 

 Why? Because we have a generation of Christians who can’t get out of their own way

 Their holding on to their traditions.

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Mark 7:8 NIV

Again, I want to reiterate we do need sound doctrine. 

But your style of worship and music is not doctrine, it’s a tradition.

There’s a generation within the church that gets irate when you mess with their style of worship, and they are rejecting the younger generation because of it. 

The messages within the different styles of worship music could be the same, yet there is a generation that thinks, “Well, slow the music down and have the Gaithers sing it, and Praise God, that’s how you really worship.” 

Hey, I was raised in a conservative Baptist church, so I love to hear a good hymn just as much as the next person. 

But it’s just a tradition, and I’m not going to be bound by it.

“And David danced before the LORD with all his might…” II Samuel 6:14

King David had already had a failed attempt at bringing the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem, because he tried to do it his way. This time, however, he was going to make sure it was done the right way, and he was going to honor and glorify God in doing so. 

David, a man after God’s own heart, danced so vigorously, that his clothes fell off. When his wife rebuked him for it, David responded, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor” (II Samuel 6:22). 

And it’s also worth noting that his wife never had children, either (II Samuel 6:23). 

Dancing isn’t my preference in terms of worship, but it’s not my place to say it’s wrong either. 

Furthermore, could we entertain the idea that we don’t know what their worship has cost them?

A generation coming from broken homes is being delivered from divorce, addictions, and generational curses. If that were my testimony, I’d probably dance with a little bit of unction, too. 

We need unity in the Kingdom, but not uniformity.

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I Peter 2:5 NIV

It’s important to make the distinction between stones and bricks.

God created stones. Each one is different and unique. Some are large or small, some black or white, some common, some rare and precious. 

Bricks, on the other hand, are created when stones are ground down, and lose their attributes that make them unique, and it’s poured into a mold, and every brick, from the first to the last, is the same. 

We each have different and unique talents and gifts that God has blessed us with. And I believe God is about to do a great move in the younger generation. I think we’re already starting to see the beginning of it. 

It would behoove the older generation within the church to get on board with the great and mighty work that God is doing, or get out of the way. Don’t be a stumbling block for everyone else if you can’t get over yourself. 

Me personally, I want to be a part of this next great move that God is about to do.  

And I’m trusting God will lead us. 

 Trena is a wife, mother, homemaker, follower of Jesus, and her kids are alive only because of peanut butter sandwiches. You can find her blogging at Before the Blessing.  

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3 thoughts on “Uniformity or Unity?”

  1. To have a heart after God, like David's, is a prayer with depth. And it'll go beyond tradition any day. Sometimes I wonder, though, what if we really looked at those traditions… the words, the melodies, and the movements? Could we go deeper in our walk with the Lord simply by grasping their depth vs. checking off the box? Probably. But it's so easy to get in the rut when that's all we know or all we're familiar with. I've been there myself. But with eyes on God, regardless of how we worship and grow, the arrows will hit dead-center. Enjoyed visiting today via #RaRaLinkup.

  2. I loved your analogy using bricks and stones. I personally believe that God is in the business of using stones for His building. 🙂

    We are saved by placing our eyes on Jesus and surrendering our lives to Him – not by keeping traditions. Didn't Jesus condemn the Pharisees for being all about tradition and not about the heart? There's nothing wrong with tradition, but we should never let our traditions get in the way of leading the lost to Him. God is concerned with our heart first and foremost. Our focus should always be on Him.

    Thank you for sharing this. (visiting from #RaRalinkup)

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