The Color of the Church: God’s answer to CRT, Racism, Woke Ideology
Back To Life – Zahriya Zachary
The People of God come in all colors but make up one family. Watch the joy as we worship together!
The Color of the Church: God’s answer to CRT, Racism, Woke Ideology
Back To Life – Zahriya Zachary
The People of God come in all colors but make up one family. Watch the joy as we worship together!
The sound quality is meh… had an echo we couldn’t fix.
Habakkuk 2:4 “The Righteous Shall Live by his Faithfulness.” – Quoted by Paul. In Hebrew, faithfulness means trustworthy or steadfast. It is different from faith. It is being faithful to do what is right and follow the Lord’s leading even when you don’t have faith to move mountains.
Genesis 16, 17:15–21 1 Samuel 21:10–22:2 Mark 14:26–31 Matthew 26:69–75 John 21:15–19
God uses people who are broken of faith in themselves. Examples: Abraham, David and Peter.
I have given up reason in order to see with the eyes of faith, for only through faith does the world make sense. Reason reaches its limit with what it can see and hold and measure, but it cannot see what is yet to come. Faith, it says, is the substance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. These things are not accessible in the natural realm of reason or the senses.
Reason stands at the precipice of mystery and can only look into its abyss with wonder and awe. It cannot measure the unseen, nor count the power of resurrection. It is beyond the mind of man.
Ecclesiastes says “God has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” In other words, man can ponder the infinity of time and space, but does not have the ability to comprehend it. Not by natural reason can one understand eternal things or things unseen.
Reason scoffs at faith because it does not understand it. It mocks what it cannot know as if what it does not know cannot be. Who are you, oh finite creature and small of mind, to think that because you cannot fit eternity in your small hand, that things beyond you cannot exist? Were you there when the foundations of the earth and the universe were created? In your blip of existence on this earth, do you think you can see all and know all? You are but dust and to dust, you shall return. What hubris to think we can know there is no God when we cannot even understand why this universe holds together? Could it be that it is held together by Love? Quarks, muons, and bosons are expressions of love holding things together?
It is impossible with Reason alone, but with the eyes of faith, we can see the beginning from the end; for we have the mind of Christ.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:14–16, ESV)
It says we have been given the mind of Christ. What is that? For those who are in faith, in whom the Holy Spirit resides, it is to see truth through a reborn spirit and a spiritual communion with the divine. In the mind of Christ, God speaks to the human soul, and it is heard not with the ears but by the spirit within us. Reason and logic can be an impediment to this communication because they confine understanding to the material world; to that which can be measured by natural means through the physical senses. What has not been seen or experienced with the physical senses cannot be true; or if hoped for, cannot be believed unless encountered.
But the eyes of faith see beforehand what is yet to be, believes, and calls it into being.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
We are to walk (or live) by faith, and not by sight, which only the man who has the Spirit of the Living God within him can do. Only by yielding to God’s wisdom and His understanding can we surrender our own and then walk in the presence of Living God. His ways are above our ways and his thoughts above our own. Only in faith and by faith can we be free of the constraints of our self-centered thoughts and deeds. Then our limited minds can be transcended by a heavenly invasion of divine thoughts spoken into our spirits.
Lest someone think that by liberation from reason, we can engage in lawless imagination and create our own truth, it cannot be. For the mind not subjected to Jesus Christ and the Word of God written in Scripture, cannot have the mind of God. Many occult and lawless cults are so led astray, creating their own “revelations” that have nothing to do with the immovable truth set in stone by the Law of God. They are led astray by the imaginations of their own minds. They have not transcended, they have descended into darkness.
To abandon reason as our chief cornerstone of truth is to subject reason to its proper position: to become a servant of faith and not the master of it. For in searching the riches of Scriptures and meditating on the mind of God, the sweet reasonableness of faith is revealed in a relationship of love for God and of God for us. Yes it makes sense, through the eyes of faith and there is a reason in it, but it is not subject to reason; any more than love is subject to reason.
The heart has reasons that the mind cannot comprehend, and chief among those is Love. Love fulfills the heart and the soul in a way that reason cannot. Reason can stand at the edge of love and point to it, but cannot grasp it or reduce it to a mathematical formula. For anyone who loves, has been in love, or longs for love, reason is not and cannot be your master. Reason must sit before the mystery of love and be in awe. Who would not abandon reason for the sake of true love that does no harm? Yet it says: “God is Love.” To be loved by God is to be taken far above these earthly bounds to the glory of a heavenly intimacy that calms all fears, heals all wounds, and restores all hope. Faith and love working together make one truly whole.
Only when we give up trying to confine God to our rational understanding and leap the leap of faith to trust in Love can we find our place of peace and contentment. Reason alone is a faulty guide, like a broken crutch that sends us in circles as we lean upon it. But reason as a servant of faith can lead us straight into the deeper things of God.
I have been burdened with a restless mind always seeking answers and desiring proof but never settled. I have found myself wanting in so many ways. Trying to understand God with my mind has caused me so much doubt and confusion. “How can these things be?” My broken crutch would send me in endless circles. Thinking could point me to the mystery of healings and miracles and faith, but it would not let me cross over. Bound by reason, the thoughts of my natural mind, were prison bars that would not let me trust the God of all creation. Yet slowly yielding my right to be right and my mind to be my master, I have opened the door for God to come in to my house and be all that He wants to be in me. I am just beginning to yield my mind with its limitations to the open-ended possibilities of all that God wants to do. O Lord, let my thoughts be taken captive by you, King of the Universe.
Come, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, and Father: take captive my thoughts and mind and yield them to your will and your way, for the sake of your glory and beauty. Amen.
“Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 9:1–2, ESV)
“I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!” (2 Corinthians 12:11–13, ESV)
In Greek, apostle merely means someone who is a messenger, “he who is sent. ” In that sense, missionaries can be apostles if they plant churches, disciple people, and oversee plantings. Few of the current day “apostles” do signs and wonders, and many who claim that title are not church planters. Instead, they seem to be more like CEO’s of large coporations. I have met some true apostles who, by their humility, seek no title, but who have given their lives away for Jesus, planting churches in hostile lands; or who have done the same in our country. I cringe at the title of apostle, but I honor the function of an apostle, which is to build upon the foundation of Christ and correct the church if it is off kilter.
I also think we need to disttinguish between an Apostle and an apostle with a little a. The founding Apostles carried a weight of transmitting the Word of God and have it written down for us. They had all seen the Lord.
I also believe that there are and will be apostles who will do signs and wonders, correct and direct the church, whose hallmarks will be humility and love, and who will be recognized by the Body for their character and effectiveness, and be honored as such in this coming Great Harvest of Souls. They will not seek to a place of honor, but will want to be the servant of all.
Genesis 37: 1-11
Joseph is 17, a tattletale, and not very humble or smart.
Joseph Enslaved, He Prospers
Falsely Accused & Thrown into Prison
While in Prison, He Prospers.
God is more interested in the development of your character than in giving you things.
Faith and Confession cannot shorten the process.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5–8, ESV)
Double-Mindied = Two Souled, Two Thoughts, Two Minds, Undecided.Vanilla or Chocolate? Will God or Won’t He Heal? Is it God’s Will to heal or not?
Doubt: evaluate and judge for oneself. Adam set himself up as a judge and evaluator of God’s Word about the fruit. It isn’t so much a doubt as the opposite of trusting God.
The Three types of faith: knowledge, agreement, and trust.
The Word of Faith Movement has a lot of truth to it. God does want you to “prosper and be in health,” as John says. But what is prosperity?
Having everything you need to do what God has called you to do.
Would God want you to fail in what he has told you to do?
The problem of the Word of Faith movement is that it can take away your focus from Jesus and put it on yourself, your efforts, your faith and upon how much faith you have, OR DON’T HAVE!
Faith can become a form of works of self-improvement and a cycle of performance so that your focus is no longer on Jesus, but upon you: are you doing enough? Do you have enough faith? What if you don’t have enough faith?
The result of this misplaced focus is humanism. Man becomes the center of your theology instead of what Jesus has done for you on the cross.
The reason this happens is because when faith is treated like an object that we can possess or own, faith becomes separated from the One who is Faith and the One who gives Faith.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2, ESV)
Faith is not something we have separately from a relationship of intimacy with Jesus. It says
“faith works through love” (Gal. 5:6). And it says faith is a gift:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
(Ephesians 2:8–10, ESV)
If Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith and faith is a gift given to us by the Father, how so is faith something we can exercise ourselves outside a relationship with God? Is the focus on our faith or upon Jesus whose faith we share by his faith working in us? If we are his workmanship, is it not his faith which works in us to perfect us and make us like him?
So, let us look a the kind of faith Jesus had as our model.
The word for faith in Greek is the same as the English word TRUST. In almost every instance in the New Testament, everywhere the word faith appears, you can substitute the word trust. And it would be good for you to do so, as it changes the meaning of the scriptures as it applies to us. It becomes a term of relationship, rather than a term describing our performance or ability.
First of all, Jesus shows that he is totally dependent upon the Father for everything he does.
“Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” (John 5:19, NRSV)
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” (John 14:10–11, ESV)
Why is this: Jesus operates in his flesh as a perfect man: as Adam without sin, who is in perfect fellowship with his Father. The supernatural power working through him came not as an innate ability of his human nature, but because the Holy Spirit rested upon him and enabled him to do these works. As proof of this, there is no recorded miracle of Jesus until AFTER he was baptized by John and the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove.
In other words, Jesus is showing us what it is like to be a perfect human being who never defied God, ate fruit he wasn’t supposed to, and he never broke trust with God.
The Key here is that not only did Jesus never sin against the Law, but he NEVER doubted God. It wasn’t just his obedience to the Law that made him Just, but that his faith or trust in the Father was never broken. He trusted God even unto death.
Before Eve sinned, both she and Adam doubted and did not believe God’s word to them. They entertained what the serpent said. It was their unbelief that then motivated them to disobey God’s law. All unbelief is sin. Romans 14:23 says, whatever doesn’t come from faith is sin.
This is why Jesus’ righteousness was not based upon obedience to the Law but upon his unbroken faith and trust in God. Paul says this very thing in Romans:
“But now the righteousness of God has been revealed apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets point to it— the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe in him. For there is no distinction:” (Romans 3:21–22)
Note here: in the original Greek, and in the King James version of the bible, the Greek is correctly translated. What made Jesus righteous was his faith. In fact, the whole book of Romans is revealing Jesus as the new Adam who did for us what we could not do for ourselves: believe God perfectly. He is our champion, like David, slaying the Giant of unbelief, to bring us to God with the gift of his perfect faith: his righteousness…
We are made God’s righteous children through God’s perfect Son, who gives us HIS faith as a gift.
“the righteousness of God through faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.” (Romans 3:22–25, ESV)
So if faith is God’s work in us and not our work, trust in God is the sign of faith. How then do we apply faith?
So why is Faith translated so often as it is? After the Reformation the Anabaptist movement made faith a kind of personal decision leading to an evangelical emphasis on one’s individual faith.
In the Reformation it wasn’t so: they just preached the scriptures in the common language and the people believed. They never asked people to receive Jesus as their personal savior. They confessed their faith, but there wasn’t such an emphasis on their personal ability to believe. After the Anabaptists, there was much more focus on the individual decisions, confessions, and experiences.
“As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”” (Mark 11:20–25, ESV)
“Trust God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not waiver in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”” (Mark 11:20–25)
What is trust? Sit in a chair?
Trust in God like a child being carried to bed.
Letting GO and Let God. Giving up, Surrender, relying upon God. Trusting him with your life. Resting in him. This all comes through challenges that lead us to surrender. And through intimacy, as we get to know Him better and his love, we will trust him all the more.
To do miracles? Only God can give us that kind of faith. It doesn’t come from us.
“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9–13)
Verbs in the Lord’s Prayer are IMPERATIVES, not pleadings.
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”” (Matthew 16:15–19, ESV)
The church is not on the defense but on the offense. The gates of hell are on the defense and will not withstand the advance of the church.
“He put another parable before them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’” (Matthew 13:31–32, ESV)
In Greek, the word for ekklesia, or assembly. It was used to describe the government of a city or state. The church is the governing body of Christ on the earth.
The Kingdom of God is where the God has control, dominion and where God’s will is carried out:
“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” (Luke 9:1–2, ESV)
“Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” (Luke 10:9, ESV)
This is what the God’s Rule looks like, where is will is done: Healings, deliverances, people set free spiritually and emotionally.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6–8, ESV)
“And this Good News of the rule of God on earth will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
In order to accomplish this task, we need supernatural power to fill us, because in our own strength we cannot do it. (Psalm 110:3)
There will be a falling away and a coming Man of Lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2), but it is not that time. The End is NOT YET.
The Church hasn’t fulfilled the Great Commission yet.
So what is it we face today? Wars, Rumors of wars, earthquakes, satan’s attempt to take over the world and forbid the Name of Jesus from being spoken.
But it says
“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7, ESV)
“Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.” (Acts 11:27–30, ESV)
What are the Prophets saying today:
Isaiah 26 https://www.scholarscorner.com
For More info: https://www.scholarscorner.com/a-time-of-darkness-a-time-of-light-9-prophetic-words/
There is a conflict between the World’s System of Governance and God’s desire for all Nations. Prophetic Words recorded in 1992 are being confirmed by contemporary prophets and are coming to pass, or soon will be. Financial collapse, Supernatural provision, International corporations want to rule the world and control the people, their thoughts, their speech, and an end their freedom to disagree.
00:00 – The Current Situation of Darkness: Rollerball
04:00 What God is Doing, Current Prophecies
06:50 The Supernatural Move of God!
08:00 Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Judgment of Church & Political Leaders
09:07 It is Impossible! How Can God Do This?
10:29 A Shaking is Coming! Protection for the Faithful in Times of Lack
15:23 Judging of the World’s Financial Tower of Babel
17:54 Praying “Thy Kingdom Come… On Earth”
20:25 God Alone Will Get the Glory! – A Great Awakening
25:15 We Are Living Isaiah Chp. 26 Now! Our Destiny is Freedom!
1. There will soon be a time when all looks lost as the dark side makes one last push to take control.
2. There will be darkness: loss of Internet, communications, electricity, and economic shutdown. A total collapse of the stock market and bond market.
3. God is doing it to deprive the globalists, the international corporations who fund this evil, the social media oppressors, and the deep state, of their finances and to disrupt their plans for a great reset, while God does one of his own.
4. The move of God will be like NOTHING anyone has ever seen before, similar in style to the Exodus, but multiplied by 1000% as He rocks the world. This move will not be just one of political changes, but supernatural.
5. There will be accompanied by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tumult in the seas.
6. God will provide for and protect his faithful servants during this time and the wealth of the wicked will be transferred to the just so that God’s purposes will be accomplished through his servants.
7. Many evil leaders will suddenly be removed either by death, resignations, or arrests. Many false republicans will also be brought down. Many compromised pastors and church leaders will be exposed.
8. America will be restored, or rebirthed. There will be a great revival in the land, esp. As people become desperate.
9. The Republic will be re-established, as it was turned from a Republic to a corporation in 1871 by bank acts that made us subject to foreign financial powers, contrary to the Constitution.
first published in 1994 in Love 86 Express -Issue #75 Vol 8, No 1, p 7.PO Box 20494Atlanta, Georgia 30325404-279-0382
Jan 1994 by Jefferis Kent Peterson
As we see the day of Christ approaching, we also see a countervailing force in the world seeking to disrupt the Kingdom of God. One barometer of the devil’s resistance to the plan and purposes of God is racial and ethnic animosity. Jesus said that in the latter days, “nation (ethnic group) will rise up against nation (ethnic group)…” And if we look around the world, even in our own country, we see a rising tide of racial strife. The hope of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which was to produce an end to poverty and create equal opportunity for all, has collapsed under its own weight on the unstable economic base of the United States. Just as Communism failed to produce a utopian society, we too are finding the limits of our government’s ability to solve to human problems such as drugs, poverty, and murder. We are finally facing the truth that these problems are as deeply spiritual as they are material.
Racial hatred and fear are as natural to the human condition as is sin. But in the United States, we are substituting a New Age anthropology, which believes in the basic goodness of human beings, for a biblical one. We believe that if we can just “educate” someone right, that prejudice, racism, drugs, and unwanted pregnancies will disappear. But the Bible says that sin is the natural state of “Man,” and these problems will not disappear without a revival of the Spirit of God. Unrestrained by the countervailing force of the Holy Spirit, racism and hatred are as natural to humanity as are lust and greed. And we are seeing all these forces of hatred and ethnic strife rearing their ugly heads anew in spite of all our “education.” It is not just happening here in the United States, but these same forces are ripping apart the fragile peace of the world, just as Jesus said.
It is the challenge of the Church to provide an alternative to this sea of hatred. If we are going to shine forth in the darkness, we need to show the world how different the Kingdom of God is from this world and its ways. If we can reveal true unity in spite of ethnic and racial differences, we can appeal to liberals and conservatives alike who are hungering to see some ideals manifest in the earth. But the government cannot do this; no law can enforce it among us; only true unity born of the Holy Spirit can overcome the natural prejudice of “Man” and cause love to reign supreme. I submit, this call to racial harmony is the challenge to the Church for the 1990’s. And the Bible has the pattern for the Church to follow:
In ancient Israel, there was a low wall, called the Soreg, around the Temple, beyond which no Gentile could pass upon pain of death. Paul called it a “dividing wall.” It was a wall that kept the nations out of the Holy Place. Although Isaiah declared that the Temple would be a place of prayer for all nations and that all nations would come to the light of God in Zion (Is. 56:7; 60:1), the Gentiles still had to worship God from afar. They could not get too close to the presence of the Lord because, according to the Law, the Gentiles were unclean. God had called Israel to be a light to the Gentiles; to be an example, separate and set apart. But a misinterpretation of this special calling of the Jews encouraged a racial pride and prejudice that created a spiritual division between the races as well as a natural and physical one. Hatred and mistrust, envy and racism were the outcomes of this division. This is the reason that Paul called the Soreg, “a dividing wall of hostility,”
But don’t you know, God had an answer for this problem, and his name is Jesus! Paul said, “but you Gentiles who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made us (Jew and Gentile) both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility… that he might create in himself one new humanity in the place of two… thereby bringing the hostility to an end,” (Ephesians 2:14-16) God created the Church to be that model of reconciliation for the world. The Church is to be that model of unity in fellowship, worship, and prayer. Now if there is to be any division, it is to be between the people of God and the people of the world. There, a natural animosity exists, because those who hate Christ and his government will hate his people as well. But we cannot help that.
However, what a crime it is for us who claim the Name of Christ to resurrect that dividing wall of hostility between us in the Church on the basis of race, culture, class, skin color, or ethnic heritage! How sinful to deny by our actions that we are one in Jesus! If the world’s divisions become part of the Church, how can we offer any testimony to the world? How can we offer the desperate world any hope? If Jesus said the world will know us by our love for one another, and we fail to love one another in a practical way; then how will the world know there is a Savior! The Church is called to be an example of the Kingdom of God in distinction to the strife of this world. And if we fail to be an example, then we give no witness worth believing and Christ becomes irrelevant to this age; for he has no solutions to the world’s problems. Jesus may be God’s answer to man’s prejudice and fear, one new man in the place of two; but if his truth does not have any affect on the way we treat each other, why should anyone believe us? We have made a lie out of the Good News of God and we make a mockery of the Kingdom.
But we can fulfill God’s plan. We can come together. I have seen it happen. I have seen churches strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Anywhere people will truly submit themselves to the Holy Spirit, God will deal with their fear, their hatred, and their pride. I have seen it in city churches and suburban churches. It is possible. But it is happening on such a small scale while our society is being torn apart. Too much of the Church is denying the call of God or is finding an excuse for its prejudice and fear. Beloved, it must not be so. We can fulfill the call of God to love each other in deed and in truth.
But how do we love one another? Do we pretend that the races don’t exist and that everyone is one color? No! By all means, no! For that denies the beauty of our diversity. We are to appreciate the God given differences in race and culture as expressions of the divine character. We can have unity in the midst of our diversity. And only in that diversity can true love be shown. There is a message spray painted on a school parking lot in my neighborhood that sums up the danger of racial or cultural blindness. It says, “conformity corrodes the soul; equality sets us free.” This is the truth. Somewhere, somehow, we need to be a witness to the beauty of God. That beauty is revealed in a Pentecost that unites all the nations of the earth in One people without destroying what makes them unique.
My friends, what this world desperately needs to see is the love of God truly shown among us in our love for one another. If we can walk in this love for each other, we can reach the world. If we fail in it; God may pass us by for another generation who will truly listen to His call.