This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time with Fully Packed Adventure Ministries board members Josh Welker and Matt Allen in Tegucigalpa Honduras. Matt, and family, live in Tegucigalpa and graciously opened their home to Josh and I. The week was fantastic! We spent three days exploring all that Tegucigalpa has to offer via bikes, sampling their local cuisine (We made Josh eat a Jalapeno! He DOES NOT like hot stuff!), and spent time in community with those that Matt knows as well as the ones that we met along the way.
While all of this was great, I want to talk about the 20-minute car ride we had to the airport. As the week came to a close, Matt and his family had to get back to their routine - work and school (Matt and his wife Jen both work at the school that their three sons attend). Josh and I to get a ride to the airport from a friend of Matt's - Melvin Harold. We were gracious that Melvin took some time out of his busy schedule to give us a lift. As we got in the car and started towards the airport, I began asking the typical questions when you first meet someone: Who are you? Where did you attend school? What do you do for a job? Married? Kids?
During our conversation, something Melvin said stuck with me. We got on the topic of his church, and I mentioned how nice it was to attend church with Matt and his family and meet the congregation. While in attendance, I noticed a few Caucasian people were participating in the local church. Obviously, I didn't want to say anything or point this out, but Melvin mentioned that it was refreshing that they attended and reminded me that we are a community of Christ-followers. Our skin color, status, or background shouldn't matter why or who attends our church. Christ loves all of us and created us in His perfection to live in community together to honor him/further his kingdom.
Wikipedia defines Religious Community as - A community (group of people) who practice the same religion.
Christians practice the same religion... while we have different denominations we still practice the belief in God, how he sent His only son to die on the cross for all our sins, and thus we follow Him faithfully and carry out his calling in our lives to honor him and further His kingdom. Nothing about that says a particular group of people can only practice Christianity here and another group of individuals need to practice it over there.
Let's dive into God's Word and see what he has to say about religious community:
Psalm 133:1 - How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
1 Corinthians 12:12 - Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
I love both of these verses! 1 Corinthians 12:12 says it best - though we are many parts we form one body and then in Psalms, it tells us how good and pleasant it is when we live united. The more we show a united front, the more people will begin seeing God's glory.
Our challenge is for all of us is to stop living as segregated Christians and start living united!
Thanks and God Bless!
PC: David Wildman - church in Tegucigalpa Honduras
The view from church... there's a reason the congregation faces the wall! This view is amazing!