I was at a meeting today where they were talking about the silos that exist between the evangelical churches. Martin Luther King said, “The most segregated day of the week is Sunday.” Wow. That is pretty sad, isn’t it?
We have churches that are predominantly white, African-American, Asian, Spanish, or one of numerous other ethnic groups. What is going on here? Are the denomination and ethnic differences so great that we can’t worship together? Is that what the church really looks like? It made me think. If the Christians can’t communicate, love one another, and start working together as a “body,” what is going to happen to America?
Well, take a look at Europe if you want to see OUR future. Churches are closing at an alarming rate because nobody is darkening the doors of the churches in Europe. Add to that fact that right here in America, the millennial generation has by and large written off the church and “religion.” All I can say is, “Houston, we have a problem,” and the problem is religion!
The church as we knew it 20, 30, or 40 years ago is not “relevant” to the younger generation. They see evangelical Christians as out of touch, biased, narrow-minded, judgmental people that just don’t get it.
Here is the good news. Some churches are waking up and smelling the coffee. Movement Day Greater Dallas (which started in New York) is taking the silos down, locking arms with evangelical churches and also with business and political leaders to spread the Gospel and address the social ills that plague our nation. It is now just about Jesus…and that is the focus. If you love Jesus, you are my Brother or Sister…period. How cool is that concept? Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be? Guess what, the younger generation loves it! They get that!
It should not matter where you live, what you drive, what you do for a living, or the color of your skin. What matters is, do you love Jesus? Do you serve Him? That is it, pure and simple. If you do, we are family. That freaks a LOT of people out…and I mean people of every color and every denomination! People say they want equality and unity, but many don’t want to even think about what that looks like or what it might cost THEM. I can see folks rolling over in their graves at the thought.
Well, guess what folks? Heaven is going to be filled with people of all colors, and denominations are not going to matter. Get over it. Did they love Jesus? Was He Lord of their life? That is it! Those are the only questions that matter.
It is about time that we treat our Christian Brothers and Sisters like family… with love. We need to be kind, compassionate, respectful, and willing to truly serve one another. Why is that such a difficult thing to put into practice? I pray that we will not just be hearers of the Word…but doers. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. ” Let’s put our fears and biases aside and love one another just as Christ first loved us. Let’s be intentional.
You want to shake the gates of Hell? Start doing what the Word of God has commanded us to do. Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. When we lock arms with other believers (regardless of their denomination or the color of their skin), we will see that we are an army that is unstoppable. Our mortal enemy will flee before our eyes when we do. I like the thought of that. How about you?