What We Need to Remember (by David Stinson, Edgewood Summer Intern)
These are unique times that we are living in.
I myself am preparing to, in three weeks, move back to Chicago to continue my education. Back-to-school time has been a constant for me nearly my entire life. However, there are, of course, unique circumstances this year.
What was once a normal, natural choice to return to education has become a source of uncertainty and anxiety for many. As I am sure that many parents and students have been doing as well, I have been sitting by my email inbox waiting for correspondence from schools on safety measures, dates, and other important information.
And of course, for these school openings to happen, there are countless decisions.
Decisions from parents, administrators, government officials, etc. Many of these decisions will be received with mixed feelings. This can lead to tension and disunity, even amongst Christians. Even for those of us who are not directly associated with these school openings, these decisions are likely affecting someone that you know. This is where I want to appeal to you all. When these decisions are being made and tensions are high, we need to remember that we are witnesses for Christ.
In our youth programs and our Youth Weekend Service, we have been stressing unity in the Spirit. As Christians, we have enough on our plate trying to show the world God’s love without having to worry about disputes with our brothers and sisters.
Ephesians 4:1-3 says “I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Sometimes this can be harder than we think. You might ask, “How can I do this when I am feeling these strong emotions?” Know that you can always reach out to God to ask for help. We know that He is there and is faithful when we make requests that further his will (1 John 5:14-15).
So, for those of us making these hard decisions about how to proceed, put that energy that we have used for worrying into prayer. God will reach out and come beside us. For those of us not making these decisions, let us come alongside them, showing them Christ’s love.