Celebrating Our Differences

As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart. 1 Chronicles 15:29

I was raised in a small, quiet, country church in East Tennessee. The style of worship I am accustomed to is a very structured and simple one. As I have grown older, and served as a pulpit supply pastor, I have been in many different types of worship services just within my own faith. There were “shouting” churches, “dancing” churches, and yes some very quiet ones too.

Also, within the chaplain role, we have been able to learn about one another’s faiths and worship styles. Our buildings each have unique mixes of worship styles.  It matured my ministry and my personal understanding of how we all express ourselves differently, yet in many instances, for the same purpose.

I am what I refer to as a “life application pastor”, in that I share God’s Word through events and circumstances of our present day lives, and applying God’s word for direction and guidance. I am comfortable with this style, but I’m also willing to accept that others will differ. One pastor friend of mine shared this statement in regards to denominational differences: “I wish we could focus on what brings us together and not what drives us
apart”.

If we focus on differences, Like Michal did with David,  we may fail to be able to worship at all. God made us in His image, but made us all a little different too. Maybe somebody will see you “dancing” and “celebrating” like you’ve never done before!

Steve McKinney, Director of Spirituality
Signature Healthcare of Rogersville

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