Division, division, division… it is so sad to see just how easily we are divided. With tens of thousands of different denominations in the United States alone, it doesn’t seem to take much for us to be divided as a people.
We choose to separate over theology, philosophy, ethnicity, economics, and many other things. The more time we spend together, the more often we look to divide.
Have we really thought about what we are praying when we pray the Lord’s Prayer? We are praying for His kingdom to come and for His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6). If we look to Jesus’ prayer for us in John chapter 17, it was for unity.
Although we seem to be more divided the further along things go, this is not how it will be in heaven.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” Revelation 7:9-10 NIV
Why is it that we don’t seek what we pray for?
The answer is because it is hard work. It is hard to work towards unity when we are so different from one another. And although there are some things we need to hold firm to and cannot compromise on (we will be looking at these on Sunday mornings at the Elm Street Community Church between now and Palm Sunday), there are many areas that we can either agree, or agree to disagree, without compromising our faith. (You can watch these on Facebook at #ElmStChurch)
In heaven, we will not be separated. Not by race or ethnicity, not by socio-economic status, and not by negotiable areas in our theology. And how fortunate are we that we are not separated from the love of Jesus.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV
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