Monday, July 25, 2016

Regardless of politics ---- We are United in Christ!

10The lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. 11Many nations will join themselves to the lord on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me to you. Zechariah 2:10-11

I am so honored to be a follower of Christ and I am equally proud that being a Christian is not designed for some narrow group of people. Our faith is open to everyone. You do not have to be perfect to call yourself a follower of Christ. The message of the gospel is open to all nations, all people. We aren't all democrats. This isn't some exclusive club for republicans. All races, economic backgrounds, and political beliefs can and do serve the Lord. We can disagree with each other as long as we are united in our faith in the Lord. That opening of the faith came with the presence of Jesus Christ, among us!

I praise God for the diversity of our faith and love everyone despite our differences. There is so much in this world that divides us. I can't believe the amount of energy and effort that goes behind identifying our differences. The turmoil that is growing in our own country and certainly around the world is fed by people promoting our differences. It is nice to know there is a place we can go where we can be as one. The cross of Jesus is that place. 
I have had many "Social media" debates with friends and family. But, I want it to be clear I love those same family and friends that I vehemently disagree with. I would do anything for them and want nothing but the best for them. The heat will continue to grow as we near this next election. I just want us to remember we are all called to love each other and serve the one true God and the Lord of all. Thank You Lord!

Dear Lord, Please bring us together. There is so much hate and division in this world. We are constantly bombarded by our differences. Unite us Lord. Help us to realize we are all one under your power, your love, your mercy, and your grace. I pray that as we come to you know you that we will begin to center our lives around your love. I praise you for this wonderful life we live. Amen!

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