Today’s ‘Olelo Hawai’i word is Kākou. Most of all, it is a word of unity. It refers to all of us together, inclusively, and includes the speaker. For example, in a group of people we might say Aloha Kākou! (Greetings, love and a sharing of life together is my wish for all of us, myself included.) Imagine if The Three Musketeers had been Hawaiian! Perhaps this would have been their “All for one and one for all” catchphrase! In a world that constantly grows more hostile toward Christians and God, this value is more in need in the church than ever.
Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you,
but that you be made complete in the same mind
and in the same judgment. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10
So it is clear that any attitude that causes disunity in the ‘ohana o ke Akua (family of God) is a sin. Have you ever been part of a church or a community of multiple churches where that same spirit of kākou breaks down? I pastored a new church plant several years ago that experienced rapid growth in the community. Rather than rejoicing for the growth of the Kingdom, many of the churches in town took to openly attacking us and insisting if we were growing that fast we must be a cult. We couldn’t believe that kind of hostility was coming from people who were supposed to be our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Exude a Spirit of Kākou
Be intentional about being a source of kākou! Maybe you have experienced that lack of a kākou spirit in your life as well. Perhaps you can relate to the pain we felt. Think about the root causes of that kind of failure of unity! I’m sure we could all list many, and they all come under the larger heading of “sin.” Now, more than ever, it is vital of the Body of Christ to stand together in unity and love at all times. Within your own church ‘ohana, take intentional measures to insure this spirit of unity! Make unity key in your home and in your congregation! Also, think of all the ways you can personally spread this spirit of kākou between ALL the churches in a truly ecumenical spirit?
I’ll give everything I’ve got to help you become
everything that God has called and created you to be!
Aloha! (I share my life’s breath with you!)
~~ Pastor G ~~