Artificial Boundaries

On August 2nd 2015, a tragic accident occurred at LCG's youth camp in Ohio.  

As this tragic news came out, the following post appeared on the Sabbath Thoughts blog/web-site.  

It struck me as being very insightful.

I think any words I add to this story will only cheapen it, so Iíll keep my part short.

If you havenít already heard, this past Sunday, an assistant counselor at the Living Church of Godís Ohio LYC Camp was killed during a tragic water skiing accident. Her name was Morgan Montgomery, she was 19 years old, and she had been baptized for 19 days.

There arenít words. Not from me, at least. Not today. I wouldnít be remotely qualified. The only thing I will say is that in the aftermath of such a devastating blow, Iíve been reminded of something thatís so easy to overlook:

The Church doesnít have boundaries. Not manmade boundaries, anyway. Itís bigger than that; itís bigger than a logo or a trademark or a corporate identity. Godís Church is composed of Godís people, and itís during tragic moments like these that we see those artificial boundaries melt away.

Iím not naÔve enough to think these boundaries exist without reasons. The history of Godís Church is a long and complicated one, and any solution is going to require more than all of us getting into a room and pretending everythingís okay. This isnít a post to say that unity is possible if we would all just play nice with each other. What I am saying is that when we draw the borders of our organizations, weíre not drawing the borders of Godís Church.

Godís Church is filled with Godís people. The people who are seeking Him and serving Him and being led by His Spirit. And during this past week, Iíve seen an outpouring of sympathy from scores of those people, regardless of their abbreviation of choice. ďBrethrenĒ means more than the people who attend your congregation. Your brethren are your brothers and sisters in the faith, and you probably have more of them than you think.

I donít know the Montgomery family, and I never met Morgan, but from everything I can tell, she was my sister. Her death is a painful loss for the entire Church of God community, and itís been gratifying to see that, in spite of our differences, weíve been able to embrace that loss together.


JHP 2015.08.09