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IS IT OK to like dark chocolate?
I like dark chocolate; I know most people prefer milk chocolate and others are lovers of white chocolate. I am no chocolate expert and I do not like the bitter taste of the 70% or richer dark chocolate. Do you mind that I like dark chocolate? What has this to do with a relationship with Jesus?
I am concerned that we are losing or not even valuing the diversity we enjoy in chocolate and more important areas of our lives.
When it comes to churches and styles of worshiping God, I see benefit in diversity. A formal style of worshiping God may help some people connect with God in a meaningful way, though it may not be helpful for someone else. Others may really flourish in their relationship with God with a much more informal and constantly changing style of worship. There are also many differing ways of understanding and expressing important parts of religious faith.
I would love for people to be able to connect with the love of God, expressed through Jesus and experienced through the Holy Spirit. If different styles of worship help that to happen then that is to be embraced and encouraged.
Individuals may take some time to find a worship style that works for them. Can I encourage you to work at it? It is very important in our relationship with God, to worship God in relationship with other people; this is what church is about. Find a good church and be committed to it, and them to you.
As with anything, being with others means we will not always get our own way. While this is disappointing and frustrating it is also good for us. We submit our lives to our loving Heavenly Father who knows us and what is best for us, just like a loving parent guides their young children.
In 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 verse 16 onward Paul discusses the benefit of putting aside our own preferences, likes and wants for the sake of others. Paul is so eager for others to experience God’s love through Jesus, that he willingly puts aside his preferences if it will help others grow in their relationship with God. Paul is still careful that his own relationship with God is strong and pleasing to God, in all he does.
Our wider society seems to be changing from enjoying rich diversity, to minimizing many beliefs to only those that do not cause offence. A richer appreciation of difference, even if we don’t agree, can be a good thing.
I, like Paul in the bible, do hope you can come to experience a rich relationship with God through Jesus. Enjoy your chocolate whatever your preference. God loves you and values you individually. Rev’d David Willsher, Kyabram Anglican Church