“We’re not always this friendly to one another,” the councilman said to me as I sat down at their table this morning. He continued to explain that they frequently have strong arguments against one another as they battle enacting policies, regulations, and the city budget.
This morning a First Responders Breakfast sponsored by the local Women’s Club provided an opportunity for these six politicians to show their respect for one another despite their differences. This morning the five councilmen and the mayor appeared to be six friendly neighbors.
Their example of friendship despite their political differences parallels my hope for the church that we might love and respect one another striving to maintain our unity for Christ’s mission using our theological differences to advance God’s Kingdom.
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit,
sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
— 1 Peter 3:8 (NRSV)