Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom
Pastor

07/17/2018 9:40 AM

Purple Church

07/17/2018 9:40 AM
07/17/2018 9:40 AM
Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:15-16)
                        
A few Sundays back, I preached a sermon titled “Stay Engaged.” Click here to listen if you haven’t yet. In it, I shared what I believe to be the emerging call of God upon this congregation. I called us to own the fact the we are a purple church, meaning a church filled with red and blue, liberal and conservative, all kinds of Christians. I suggested that “the only way to be a purple church is to learn how to stay engaged, with God and with one another.” To my surprise, the next Sunday many of you showed up in worship wearing purple. It took me a little while to figure out what was going on (I’m slow like that), but when I did, I saw it as an affirmation that this is something we want to learn more about.

In a recent article, recovering CEO, and CCPC member, Robert Hall stated, “I believe leadership got us into this dismal state and it will take leadership to get us out.” He is talking about the state of our society. I believe that we are being challenged to become the kind of leaders that are in short supply these days. Saying we are a purple church is fine and good, but we now need to begin seeing what that actually means for us. To that end, I am working on a new sermon series titled “Purple Church” that will begin on August 12th. I see this as a beginning, a time when we can start to dig into what being purple actually is. What I can tell you is that the focus is on relationships. I believe it is possible to be in relationship while holding different viewpoints. I believe it is possible to be engaged with one another no matter what color we gravitate to at the voting booth. I believe God is, in fact, calling us to do that very thing.

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