Jordan St. Cyr Finds Unity in Diversity

Falling in love with what you don’t know

It’s no secret that in this world we live in, to say we are a globe torn and divided would be a severe understatement. It appears the only thing that anyone can agree on is to disagree on everything. And unfortunately, the body of Christ isn’t always a better representation on how to handle a difference of opinion. It takes a quick log-on to one of your favorite faith-based blogs and a glance at the comments section to see that.

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone is convinced their opinion is the only correct one, and often they’ll stop at nothing to prove that.

How on earth do we, as believers, demonstrate the love of Christ in this sort of climate?

Jordan St. Cyr speaks of Jordan Peterson, a favorite author of his, who says the problem is how we have fallen in love with what we know, and when we fall in love with what we don’t know, that’s when we can celebrate the difference.

“Curious people are awesome!” Jordan says. “[But] they’re not always right. Can you be okay with that? Cause God’s okay with that.”

This doesn’t negate a wrong choice, nor the consequence that comes with it, mind you. And it’s tough when someone’s choice affects us personally. This is when things can get especially heated and when our need to seek individual justice kicks in.

This is also when Jordan says you have to return to the Word of God.

“The Word continually says, ‘Lay down your life.’ And I know that’s a tricky thing to say right now cause we’re going through so much, but the life of Christ is the way, the truth, the life, and the example.”

“In a greater way, He took His life out of the equation, [because He said], ‘My life, unto death.’ But He also made His life the equation.”

Being the example of Jesus was never going to be easy. It was never going to be comfortable. It was never going to be what our flesh wants. 

And that includes being right. 

A step towards unity may look an awful lot like nodding and smiling when Aunt Irma says something that makes your blood boil at Thanksgiving because it’s so far removed from the opinion you carry.

Just try to remember that Jesus loves Aunt Irma, too, and so you might just want to let it go.

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Jordan St. Cyr’s Spark Before the Fire

How God gave him the song he and his family would need

When Jordan St. Cyr, Christian singer, songwriter and storyteller, wrote “Fires” about Nathan, a dad who was about to lose his house – until a group of Christian songwriters took the need to social media and fundraised to pay his mortgage off, he had no idea that he and his wife would desperately need the very words he penned.

You’ve walked me through fires

Pulled me from flames

If You’re in this with me

I won’t be afraid

“God gives us the testimony of others to strengthen us to walk through our testimony,” Jordan said, referring to the health struggles he and his family encountered after his youngest daughter was born with a rare vascular disorder called Sturge-Weber syndrome that began causing her to have severe seizures as a toddler.

“A lot of ambulance rides, a lot of emergency room visits,” Jordan recounts. “She’s at high risk of stroke. She takes three or four meds, and we’ve [had to] learn a new normal.”

Jordan says he’s like any other parent in this situation. He has those weak-kneed, weepy-eyed, shaken faith moments where he asked why this had to happen to them? Here he is, a worship leader-turned-Christian artist, proclaiming God’s Good News and mercy to millions of people, only to find himself wrestling behind the scenes with questions to which he has no answer.

It would be easy to abandon your faith when thrown into a crisis of this nature. If ever a furnace was prepared to melt away your conviction, this would be it. Yet, Jordan finds – 

He is being refined as opposed to incinerated.

 “[My] understanding of what a blessing is and where it comes from … it’s just blown me away,” Jordan says. “How can something that I used to think was broken draw me so close to the heart of God?”

And those words that Jordan thought he wrote for someone in an entirely different situation turned out to be the very words he and his family would need as they navigated the unknown with this fragile, little girl. Even as the flames lapped at them, God showed up.

 “I still believe that God desires healing for this little girl. But what he’s doing through her already? We’re good with that. We wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a hard road, but it’s the better road.”

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