On Sunday, June 3, the Rev. Peter Bush gave the opening worship of the 2018 General Assembly. He reflected on 1 Corinthians 13 and his sermon was a powerful call to think about the ways we speak to and be with people we disagree with. It was a call for self-examination, humility and love of others. “We don’t have to like each other, we just have to love each other,” he said.
At the heart of love stands humility. Even my closest friends I do not fully know, and so I need to approach them with the humility of incomplete knowledge, of incomplete understanding. How much more then do I not fully know my opponents, how much more humility must I use for my knowledge of them is that much more incomplete. And then when I speak of God, I must do so with a humility that is even greater, for while I am fully known by God, my knowledge of God is incomplete, and so with great humility I speak—speaking from what I know—but always rooted in the fact that I am limited.