“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
– Colossians 3:11
The church is God’s way of modeling to the world the realities of His Kingdom. Though we often get lost in our 21st century perception of institutions that center around cool worship, a fancy building, and great preaching, the truth is that this is not the essence of the church. Just like it was then, the purpose of the body of believers is to bring the Lord’s heart to earth and to demonstrate, in action, the values of our Savior. This is why, in a society fractured by the ravages of prejudice, the church is the only true hope for reconciliation and healing. Though we might not think about it, the world into which Jesus was born was filled with its own brand of racism. It began with the Jews and the Samaritans, who, even though they were close ethnically, had a deep-seated hatred for each other. Then there were the Greeks, the Seleucids, and others from the reign of Alexander the Great who brought many good things to the Hebrew’s midst but also introduced sexual promiscuity that was in direct violation of their laws. Of course, we can’t forget the Romans, who had conquered pretty much the whole world, and were occupying Israel in Jesus’ day. You can bet your bottom dollar that they weren’t any more liked by the Jews than were the Greeks. Add to their ranks the barbarians, who actually outnumbered civilized folks and lived a lot like animals, and the Scythians, who literally existed to raid and pillage, and you can see clearly that — even in the ancient world — issues of race abounded. In the midst of an eclectic mix of clashing cultures, the only place where unity happened was within the church. Originally called followers of The Way, early Christians were a diverse group, yet their gatherings offered a safe space where Jews, Greeks, Romans, barbarians and Scythians could meet together in union, break bread, and esteem one other as equals.
My friend, as a Christian, you are a minister of reconciliation, and you have the incredible opportunity of fostering unity in a divided world. As one whose slate has been wiped clean by the atonement of Jesus Christ, you live every day in gratitude, and you see others through the lens of your own salvation. Because you understand how much you were delivered from, you perceive great value and unlimited potential in those who are different than you, and you consider them to be equals. Regardless of their skin color, background, financial status, or family situation, you recognize that everyone is made in the image of God and you desire to walk alongside them in love. This is the hallmark of a true disciple, and it’s the only position of mind and heart that will change the world for the better. By the Holy Spirit’s power, you are an ambassador of true healing, and when you embrace that reality, the impact of your life will outlive you!
Jesus, make me a minister of healing and reconciliation; may I see others, no matter how different, as greater than myself.
How has God used you as an ambassador of healing and unity?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
I see all people regardless of whether they are Caucasian. Native American. Asian American.Hispanic and African American.As well as members of the gay community all as precious jewels in the eyes of our Lord. That also includes people who suffer from some form of disability such as Physical involving the loss of an arm foot hand or leg.Optical meaning the loss of eyesight. Auditory meaning the loss of hearing.It also includes some form of mental impairment such as Aspbergers Syndrome and several other variations.I don’t like any form of racial profiling. It is morally wrong and unethical.All are to be treated as equal and welcome.That also includes people of many different religious faiths such as Christian and Non Christian.I hope and pray that a cure for this horrible Covid-19 pandemic is found and no more lives are lost.I pray especially for the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church that all will stay healthy and gather in their sanctuary again.I pray especially for Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family that they will stay safe and healthy.And also to the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra along with the Voices of Hope Children’c Choir that all will stay healthy and continue to bless everyone with their beautiful music and singing.As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.May God bless everyone and the entire United States of America. PS.I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
As a foreign born, documented “legal” immigrant from a different culture, I agree with Donna that we are all created equal in the image of God. What I don’t understand is the constant conversation about “racism” in the present day toward the African-American community since the majority of Americans (non-African-Am) actually ELECTED a black President to the highest office of the USA–twice–just a few years ago. And, no one protested, vandalized or burned down any buildings as the result. Additionally, EOE’s and affirmative action programs are abundant here. So, “racism”? Really? From my observation, an outsider’s point of view, its a false narrative designed to cause rebellion and hate in this country. As Christians, we must discern wisely.
(I have been a loyal viewer and follower of the “Hour of Power” since 1970.)
As longtime viewer of the Hour of Power, I left a reply yesterday from an “outsider’s” point of view since I’m a legal, documented immigrant to the US.
Why was it not published??
…and I see now that it WAS published (with a delay) THANK YOU!