Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Monochromatic Church
Pro 22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
Does it bother you to step into a church and see a cookie-cutter membership? Mostly the same color, the same socio-economic status? This is not how the Lord intended His church to look. His desire is to see the rich and poor meeting together, as He is Maker of them all.
God is a "whosoever" God, saving all who call upon Him, granting each a place at the table, no matter their cash, their color or their culture.
Consider the following passages:
Rom 10:11-13 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Eph 2:12-14 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Gal 3:26-28 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And my favorites:
Psa 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Eph 4:3-6 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
So, if we see that our church is looking a little pasty white, or middle-class in totality, we haven't done our job of reaching out to all peoples, rich, poor, black, white, yellow and brown.
Lord, increase our number, and make of us a body of believers out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation. Amen!