One thing that we have seen over and over on our television screens and in our social media feeds is how divided we are as a nation. It is truly saddening to see. I can say that this is the most divided I have ever seen our country. I say that fully aware that I was not alive in the 1960’s when things were really bad as well. Therefore, some may have a different opinion than mine about when our country has been more divided. Here is the part that saddens me the most, the division is in churches as well. If there is one place that division should not exist based on external factors such as race, it is the church. Why do I say that? Because of what the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:6, “and that He might reconciled them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
There are two types of people in this world. There are sinners who are still dead in their sin, and there are sinners who have been saved by God’s grace. In the cross, Jesus has abolished every other distinction between people. There are no separate nationalities or races in God’s eyes. This is not to downplay or take away someone’s heritage. This is speaking from God’s viewpoint. Before the cross, there was a distinction between Israel and the rest of the world. Israel was God’s covenant nation. The prophets were sent to Israel, the Law was given to Israel, and the sacrifices were for Israel. However, in Christ, all of that was removed. We are either saved or we are not. Yes, there are still men and women; black, white, Asian, Hispanic, etc.; Jews and Gentiles. But when it comes to the possibility of access to God through the sacrifice of Jesus, that was removed with Jesus’ death and resurrection. This must be the message of the church not only in words, but also in action. We must focus on who unites us more than anything that might divide us. To change a phrase I have read from A.W. Tozer, a divided world needs a united church. We must be united in the cross, proclaiming that only faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ can save a person. And we must be united in our message of proclaiming that Gospel. As much as we want to get into other things, and debate one another; we must let those things die so that we can point those who are dead in their sins to the One who can give them life. To do anything else is unbecoming of the One who saved us and has called us by His grace. Let the walls of division come tumbling down, and let it begin with us!
By His grace and for His glory,