The Choice is Yours!

It was almost 50 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech… a cry for racial justice and reconciliation that was (and still is) so needed in our country.  We’ve come a long way since then… but we still fall oh so short of seeing Dr. King’s dream become a reality…

… and in the midst of it all, the Church… the Body of Christ… is too often eerily silent.  I’m not even sure that makes sense… that we who have been given stewardship of the greatest message of love & reconciliation in the world have nothing to say when it comes to how we relate to people who look differently, act differently, and think differently than we do.  Yes, we’ve amassed awesome numbers in our worship gatherings, we’ve built creative and compelling ministries, we’ve dug wells and erected churches in foreign lands… but when it comes to living out the gospel across racial lines here in America, we have opted to act as though we’re blind and deaf.  We may not say it… but when it comes to embracing diversity, the Church largely has lip-synced MC Hammer’s old tune, “Can’t touch this!”

No matter what we say… it’s not by default… it’s by choice

And God is not pleased.

Before Dr. King had a dream, Jesus had a prayer: that His disciples would be ONE (John 17:20-23)

“I pray that they will be one, just as You and I are one….
“I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as we are one…”
May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me…”

THAT is the heart of God for His people… and for our country.  A half-century ago, Dr. King said that 11:00 on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.  Nothing much has changed since then.  I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the acceptance of the Gospel in our communities hinges on the oneness of God’s people.  And, like Dr. King, I have a dream, too…

…that God’s people would lead the way in embracing diversity
…that the power of the gospel would be seen in the lives of Christians of all colors, cultures, and backgrounds, as we come together in unity
…so that the world will know…

Him.

DPlum out 😉

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