Paul McCartney coined the phrase, “Come together, right now…over me” in the Beatles hit song, “Come Together”. America has responded, citizens have come together over Katrina and Rita! People from all walks of life decided that their fellow humans were more important than themselves, their schedules or circumstances. Along with the American Red Cross, the “First-Responders” were churches, missions groups, and faith-based organizations. Many followed their example.I had the opportunity to participate in Aria Spa’s “Spin-athon.” We had about 35 people from different clubs, political affiliations, and religions come together to spin for what seemed like hours just to help people in need. We raised nearly $14,000, bringing a little hope to a tired and weary land.When I pondered the event and watched America’s response to overwhelming needs, I was proud that Christians all over this nation reached out to help beyond their denominational or theological differences. And isn’t that the way it should be? Far too often we let our differences take precedent over the unity of believers. That’s got to stop. What do we have to offer? We can point people to a personal relationship with God, and help them find salvation in His Son; we can teach about His love and compassion for all people. We can extend a cup of cold water to the thirsty or be the flesh and blood of the Christ Himself as we bring life change to a dark world! Very soon, thousands of young folks will descend on our Valley looking for jobs, places to live, and a good time. Those of us who follow Jesus Christ have a deliberate choice before us: We can either continue in our little “Holy Huddles” or we can embrace the tremendous opportunity before us. I believe God is calling us to come together and administer grace to all people who will flood into our area to ski! They are seasonal workers, locals, and guests to our region. The Christian Community has in its heart and hands abundant life and freedom. Will we give it away?What if we responded the way America came together to help people in need? What if we dropped our differences and put Christ’s love in action? What if we came together with ONE voice proclaiming the Great News of Jesus Christ with compassion, freedom, grace, and truth? What if we welcomed people to our Valley with the Joy and hope through the unity of believers?Jesus Christ made it clear: “When you did it for the least of these, you did it for Me.” Matthew 25:40. For those of us who claim Christ as our Lord and Savior, the least important thing is how we interpret theology. What IS vastly important is our witness of love and unity as we together exemplify Christ! When we express God’s heart to others, lives are changed and people are loved. That’s the real truth; that’s who our Father is. Let’s put our love into action; let’s extend a helping hand instead of a critical spirit. Let’s show all these people coming to enjoy our mountains that Jesus Christ has given His life for them so that we all can be free! The Bible says this about love:”This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers & sisters. If anyone has material possessions & sees one in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Let us not love with words…but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know we belong to the truth, and set our hearts at rest whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, & He knows everything.” I John 3:16-19.It’s time to come together; it’s time to bring freedom and life change to this Valley. Let’s join together and make a difference for Jesus’ sake!*(Gary Wingo leads a Bible Study currently on a seasonal break.)Vail, Colorado
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