He stood before the press with a quivering voice to ask what has now become a well-known question, “Can we just all get along?” Rodney King’s question was in all actuality a passionate plea for peace in Los Angeles in the wake of riots and the police acquittal resulting from his case. In their 2nd Presidential debate, a “Can we all get along?” question was somewhat ask of the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by a town hall panelist, “Do you feel that you are modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today’s youth? To ask or to insinuate such questions suggest that the opposing sides would come together amicably to resolve the issues. Can this question be asked in the church as it relates to matters of doctrine, faith, and righteousness? The Bible supports the idea that every man and every woman can in fact “get along” spiritually.
First, every man and every woman must reason in accordance with the facts. Reason is the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic. The Lord does not reason with HIS people as a business partner on the basis that they have equality at the table with HIM. Rather, the Lord is willing to “get along” with all who are willing to forsake sin, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa 1:18).
Second, every man and every woman must be logical in accordance with the facts. Logic is a process of the mind (Prov 23:7). And logic should always be applied in accordance with the established facts (Acts 17:16-23). Paul admonished the Romans to be logical in their worship and service to God, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom 12:1). That which is reasonable with the Lord is doable for mankind that we “get along”, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (I John 5:3).
Lastly, every man and every woman must speak the same things as it relates to matters of doctrine, faith, and righteousness in an effort “get along”. Speak means to communicate vocally or to make a statement in written form. Corinthian was instructed, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (I Cor. 1:10 cf). Because divisions exist among the religious, “Can we all just get along?” is the passionately plea of the faithful in THE church.
Please come and worship with us at the Beltway church of Christ as we reason, apply logic, and endeavor to speak the same things!