We are not just facing a crisis of resources. We are facing a crisis of relationship.
The cliff we are nearing is not just a commentary on cash. It’s a commentary on collaboration.
The question is no longer “Can we solve our budget problems?” There are reasonable solutions available which strive to balance stewardship and compassion. The question is now “Can we work together to solve the budget problems?”
The fiscal cliff debate has shed a bright light on our slowness to team up and quickness to split up. It’s revealed our sad tendency to grandstand rather than join hands. Some on both sides of the aisle seem more interested in making a point than in forging a partnership.
Perhaps what we need is a song. A song sung by the people of God as they traveled to/from Jerusalem for the great feasts of the faith. One of their favorites went like this: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Ps. 133:1 ESV) They celebrated not only the journey. They celebrated the partnerships made along the journey. This song and their solidarity were so important that they sung about it throughout the year.
I guess that’s what I’d like to see a little more of—from all sides. A sense that we’re in this together. A realization that our bonds are stronger than our budgets. Evidence that what unites us is greater than what divides us.
What I’d like to see is what God made us to do—work together, in spite of our differences, for a cause greater than any of us and for the good of all of us.