‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ Galatians 3:28 ESV
This post was written following the September 20th Charlotte, NC protests/riots.
Is it any wonder how the United States is so divided and angry these days? Both black and white American’s, and frankly those of any ethnicity, are living in fear due to an intense focus on every shooting of a black young man by a police officer and the all but certain backlash through destructive protests. I could sit here and write the names of each shooting victim, or I can find the damage estimates as a result of each protest, but neither will solve ANYTHING.
There is just ONE SOLUTION : Unity.
However, does a secular nation have any hope of uniting and solving the blood shed and the destruction caused by extreme civil unrest if the church congregations of our country remain so divided?
While I grew up in a fairly integrated church in New Jersey, ever since I left to attend college in the south I have not found any church with such a diverse culture. In a Christianity Today article in January of 2015 by Bob Smietana, it was reported that as much as 86 of all American churches serve predominantly one ethnicity. To make matters worse, this problem was addressed by none other than Martin Luther King Jr. himself before he died.
“We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation. This is tragic.” MLK 1963
We have known about this problem for over fifty years and the church has not changed! Christians have the solution at hand if we would just recall the words of Paul from Galatians 3:28. There is to be no distinction between Christians for any reason, whether due ethnicity, gender, or status. WE ARE TO BE ONE!
In July, around the same time as Alton Sterling’s death as the result of a police shooting in Louisiana, I found the music of Beckah Shae. While I would love to talk about how much I enjoy her music, her song ‘Heartbeat’ has stuck out in my mind and the tension of our nation is something I pray over just about every time I hear the song. The call of the song is for revival to come through the rising up of all of God’s people, together as one. The refrain’s message? ‘Yeshua, bring us together, we cry.’ This is a very straight forward and needed prayer right now in our nation.
Listen to the song, hear her message, and then join me in asking God to bring his people together. If it cannot happen in the congregations of a God who defines Himself as Love, it cannot happen in our nation. – Timothy
‘Heartbeat’ is the seventh track on Beckah Shae’s 2014 album, Champion. (No Links Provided)