Day 25 - February 20 - JEFF

Let’s just get a few things straight, as in, let me present some FACTS to you. Coke is better than Pepsi. Dogs are better than cats. Snowboarding is better than skiing. Rock climbing is better than running. Macs are better than PCs. Naps are better than everything. Tea is better than coffee, unless it’s morning…or in the afternoon.

Now some people might try and argue that these facts are actually just my opinion, my preference. I don’t guess I can argue with that, but if someone tried to flip one of these around, I would stand my ground: Coke is better than Pepsi and you are not going to change my mind. In fact, when I meet someone who prefers Pepsi, I have already judged that person in my mind, “you have been weighed, you have been measured, you have been found wanting”(see A Knight’s Tale…or Daniel 5:27). I questions whether I can even be friends with a person like that. Should I even share a meal with them? Do I need to correct them in there errors? All these unanswered questions of division waiting to find answers, and yet if in that moment they said, “Hey, would you pray with me about something?” I would set our differences aside and say, “yes!”.

There is something about prayer that brings unity. We may have our differences…and we do. Those are easy to spot. A simple, “what’s your view on the politics?” and let the angry diatribes begin. And as heated as we get about national politics, I think it pales in comparison with the bitterness we hold towards other Christians who view certain scripture and practices from a different angle. I don’t mind a good discussion about how people got to their understanding. I like to appreciate people’s story. But then folks get into squabbles over the craziest stuff like can you serve communion from the back? And the front servers slam their palms to their faces and so of course not. Division. And yet, I have to believe if a front server and a back server were in a heated exchange when one of them received a text about a loved one in the hospital and they asked, can we stop and pray together, I think there would be no argument there.

Awaken Nashville is bringing people together in prayer. If we got everybody into a room who is praying, you better believe there are going to be differences, even in how we pray…but not WHO we are praying to…to whom we are praying, but it doesn’t sound as good. We all have the same Father God who we bend our knee and direct our prayer. We may have differences, but let’s focus on something that unifies us all, the blood of Jesus. And let that unity proclaim something to our city, to our nation, to this world: Jesus Christ is LORD…and He prefers Coke to Pepsi…I’m sure that’s in the Bible somewhere.

Jeff Palk