Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a small story of togetherness that is an inspiration during a time of bitter divide. In Pittsford, NY, two best friends, one white and one black, were captured on video doing something that most of the media is not covering these days – being together and being friends. They set up two folding chairs and a sign in front of one of their houses that said “Relax and Have a Beer.” The two friends took the opportunity to invite all, no matter their race, creed, or political opinion to join them for a beer and some fellowship. Even though it could not have been more simple, it was also incredibly powerful because of their friendship and desire to promote more togetherness instead of more anger.
Paul stressed to the many churches of his day how important togetherness was as a founding quality of the Church. He knew that the Church could not survive if its members were not both spiritually and physically together. It is one thing to believe the same things as others and voice our opinions online, but it is entirely another thing to spend time with them, in person, getting to know them and sharing of ourselves. Paul said to the Philippians, “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” We see the human in each other when we spend time together. Today, commit to spending time in person with others, especially those we do not know yet or who have different life experiences than us, so that Jesus can be glorified by your friendship.
“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” – Philippians 2:2 ESV