What does it mean to be “all in this together?” In the High School Musical movie from which our theme song for this campaign is taken, it means that all the factions that usually make up a typical high school in America, like jocks, nerds, band members, cheerleaders, and various ethnic groups and people of color — even some who were enemies —all come together at the end of the movie to support each other and support the school. That’s what it means to be “all in.” In another popular song and dance routine from the film, “Get Your Head in the Game,” students are encouraging each other to wake up and get engaged in what’s going on, whether it’s the basketball game, or the debate team, or the drama group, or the math club —doesn’t matter — get your head in the game and come together in the end because we’re all in this together.
A credible metaphor for the body of Christ.
Here at the Catch Ministry, we are many-faceted, having six generations walking side by side. We have a variety of gifts represented as Christ distributes them; we have various denominations, even various religions and none; we have differences in sexual identity; we are multi-racial; we have a variety of addictions from which we are recovering; we can’t see anyone’s social class (and if we could we wouldn’t care); we carry a variety of sins but one Savior; we are a motley group of disciples who represent all political parties and independents — yet in Christ, we are all together. We don’t judge anyone; we don’t separate anyone out; we celebrate the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are all in this together.
This unity in diversity is actually what lends credibility to our message. If we were all the same, then what would the unity mean? It would be diluted. You would not know that it is the Holy Spirit that keeps us together; it would simply be our similarities — our shared likes and dislikes. Jesus makes a point that it is no big deal to love those of your kind who love you back. He says that even the pagans do that, but love your enemies and you have something there. That just doesn’t happen outside the realm of God working in our lives.
We need to celebrate this unity that can only be found in the Holy Spirit, and we need to let the world see it, because it is a testimony to the reality of Christ in our lives. On this side of eternity, it’s the grace of God for all of us. That’s why we’re all in this together.
This reminds me of my time working in the NYS public school system. As expected, I was a polar opposite to the predominantly liberal viewpoints, so there were many things to disagree about. But there WAS one thing we did agree about…the kids…we all cared deeply about the kids. So we concentrated our efforts toward that point. Along the way, we learned our differences presented options, that when wedded together, would produce positive results all around. Compromise without compromising our identities as individuals. Hearing and really listening. Respect.
You know, sad to say, I found it hard to bring this kind of interaction into my roles as youth leader and worship leader in churches, as CMA chaplain. I never got used to my leadership looking at me like I had two heads. Finding your writings saved my sanity. Thank you, Thank you Thank you!
Yea! Hooray! You are so welcome. Glad you found us!
Love this from Today’s Catch: “Jesus makes a point that it is no big deal to love those of your kind who love you back. He says that even the pagans do that, but love your enemies and you have something there. That just doesn’t happen outside the realm of God working in our lives.” Amen!