My daughter is an addict. I said it. She is addicted to music with a good beat and fancy dancing. Being the good Dad that I am I watched High School Musical with her and HSM 2 the next week. She loves all the songs and sings them as loudly as I allow during the movie. She really likes the dancing too, but we are Baptist you know so I watch but don’t indulge! As I am watching the shows I saw scary resemblances to church. Pockets of people gather together with separate interests and agendas. Normally, these groups do not get along except for the last number! The last scene of both movies have everyone singing and dancing together loving life. While the former description smacks of the local church now, the latter one is more like what it should be and will be one day.
In HSM 2, Troy begins to seek after things for himself and not the team. He is drawn away from his friends and family. He begins to make choices that are not who he really is. His best friend finally calls him on it making him realize that he has changed but not for the better. Through a series of unfortunate events, Troy had been manipulated. With the love of his friends he finally realizes this. He comes to his senses and returns to his former self and position at their summer employment. Troy enter the kitchen and apologizes for his behavior with heartfelt drama, or as much as a 17-year-old male can muster. Chad, his best friend, responds “Brother fight but they’re still brothers.
If we could learn in church this simple truth of family sticking together our impact would increase locally and globally. Read the words of Jesus as recorded by Luke,
1 He said to His disciples, “Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Family is family and blood is stronger than water. We, the followers of Jesus, are bound by the blood of Jesus. It is because of His great love and sacrifice that we are knit together in what is called the church. We, the people, are the bride of Christ. We are being lovingly adorned for that day when the Groom returns to take us to the special place built just for us. So, while we may have disagreements, we’re still family. Family sticks together.
When the Church gets this idea then Hell has no chance!