When I was growing up I noticed that dogs and cats were arch rivals. My experience spoke to me that they were enemies to the core. Just the other day I saw a dog and a cat in the same vicinity of one another with no animosity between the two.  After I passed by I had a thought. How could this be? I know it is in their nature, their DNA to bark or hiss saying, “I don’t like you and get out my space.” They were basically “getting along.” My concluding thought was, they were raised or trained to enjoy one another even though they were very different. I might not know scientifically why dogs and cats don’t usually get along, but I think you’ll get my drift as you continue to read.

If a cat and a dog can get along, how much more should born again believers, regenerated people, love one another, celebrate our difference as a many member body, that don’t compromise the word of God, walk in the oneness and unity Jesus prayed. The animal kingdom shouldn’t outdo regenerated humanity as it relates to getting along!

I am starting to realize on a greater level than ever before that the body of Christ is a beautiful family. There are so many great, as in cool peeps, God fearing, Christ followers in Kalamazoo County. All of whom, if you get to know them, your prejudices, stereotypes, and lies will dissolve and your perspective will change and revolutionize the way you view the body of Christ. We are a family, and family is a covenant word.

I remember a few years back, I went to a Willow Creek Leadership Summit in Burrington, Illinois. I had all my materials and notebook ready for God to speak to me through the speakers for the next two days. Before I could write anything on paper, the Holy Spirit wrote on my heart and mind that the body of Christ was so beautiful. As a matter of fact, human creation was. There were believers from all walks of life, races, ethnicities, countries, and economic statuses, packed in the auditorium. It was a sight to see! It looked like one nation. The way God intended it to be.

God created His family to get along. He designed us to pour into one another, or to walk in synergy. We can’t experience this truth on a maximum level unless we intentionally forgive one another, which produces authentic reconciliation, celebrate our cultural difference or traditions, that don’t make the power of God of no effect, courageously cross racial and denominational lines, and last but not least, JUST DO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

Let’s quit fighting like cats and dogs, barking and hissing at one another, and start getting along like cats and dogs. Let’s allow God to retrain our thought processes to line up with His word, ways, and will. Let’s see the value and power in unity and allow the Holy Spirit  to lead us out of our comfort zones. Let’s be challenged by the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:11-13…”there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos, or I am of Cephas, or I am of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul” and in 1 Corinthians 3:3…”for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and acting like mere men” or cats and dogs…lol.

So looking forward to JLK. Lord, heal us so You can work through us to heal our land.

-Pastor James Harris, Trenches Community Church