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Saturday, May 23, 2015

School Colors


This again is nothing I’ve not cried out about many times before as a voice in the wilderness. I just need to do it again.
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I know the fundamental reason behind the deadly trajectory of America’s culture. I found it as I read the 11th chapter of St. Luke’s gospel. Here’s part of what it says:

And [Jesus] was casting out a demon . . . 15 But some of [the religious folk] said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” . . . . 17 But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. . . . . 23 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.
 
The fundamental reason behind America’s deadly trajectory is an ineffective and powerless Church – not one part of it, but the entire Body of Christ shares the blame. While we all clamor to find fault with anyone who worships Christ differently than we, while we shun and slander God’s servants who work in different vineyards, Satan has worked quite successfully to divide God’s house (i.e. His Body). No wonder we are virtually helpless and near totally fruitless against his onslaught.

Jesus said it first: He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.

The question remains in my mind: When will all Christians who love Jesus stop waving their particular Church colors like High School freshmen hooting and hollering, “my-school’s-better-than-yours”?

When will the Body stir itself from its slumber and self-promotion?  Our world is on fire! Only the water of the Holy Spirit can put out the flames.

Or will we just continue waving our chosen school colors?
 

2 comments:

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I pray that all may be one as the Father and the Son are one, and that we may be one in Them. It is all most of us can really do. And then we must trust that the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Jesus prayed to His Father for unity, no doubt knowing how divisive humans are and how easily we witlessly cooperate with Satan to divide ourselves. This alone tells us that disunity was going to be a big problem going forward, probably until the end of time. We just have to be sure that we aren't the ones fostering it and that we actively pray with Christ for unity. Yes, things would be so much better for everyone on this earth if all Christians spoke with the same voice.

Rich Maffeo said...

I like the way you put that: "no doubt knowing how divisive humans are and how easily we witlessly cooperate with Satan to divide ourselves."

Yes, all we can do is what we can do . . . and try not to be part of the continuing problem.