Boundaries and Nations

Acts 17:26   (KJV)   26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation

Acts 17.26 - Boundaries and NationsOne blood, all nations all over the earth, appointed times, boundaries—God designed it to be so.

We only have “one blood”—one race—the human race.  Christianity and racism are a contradiction. As true as it is that we have one race; equally true is that we have many nations. He determines its boundaries. Understandable; nations have different preferences in the way each country is ran. Each has varying degrees of success and failures. God has the power to build a nation and the power to destroy it. He Who promotes can also easily demote. According to Him, Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 KJV). His creation, His rules; His rules are true, and His rules work.

There are many prosperous countries; there are also many poor nations, but I have yet to know about a country whose values are predominantly based on Biblical Christianity that’s not prosperous. Here, I’d like to make a distinction. There are many “religious-Christian” countries, meaning, they identify with Christianity but the people are more religious than Christian—in beliefs, and in practices.  There are many of them that are steeped in poverty and bursting with corruption. This is in no way to judge or undermine them; I love them; God loves them; I was such a person.

Inasmuch as it’s not really reported in our very secularized, anti-Christian media, it’s obviously true that there are countries and people who want to destroy any people group or country who won’t abide by their dogma. Common sense shows the wisdom of national boundaries. The Ancient of Days knows it all; He certainly has reasons for this divine arrangement. We trust Him. We pray for peace; we promote peace and unity; we sincerely and diligently work towards that when it’s at all possible, but, we also know that we can really only trust one World Leader to unify the world in genuine love, peace, and righteousness—a World Leader untouched by corruption, malice, and any form of evil. That’s our Lord Jesus. That’s when He establishes His pure and righteous world order here on earth.

There will be those other than our Lord Jesus who will try to rule the world. We’ve seen the likes of Hitler. There will be one who will have a significant worldwide success in this regard. He will deceive the many. But this leader will lead the world against God, against God’s people and what God and His people stand for. He will bring and usher utter judgment and unimaginable destruction upon himself and this world.

So, other than our Lord Jesus, we say, “No, thank you.

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Of Tolerance and Love

John 4:9   (KJV)   9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

We have our own uniqueness as believers. There are things we do very differently: unexpected actions; uncommon ways. We love everyone, care for everyone, and desire John 4.9 - Of Tolerance and Loveeveryone to be saved. We’re not called to just tolerate; we’re called to love everyone.

A discriminating Christian is a contradiction. Looking down on others for so many reasons is the way of the world—even of the most ardent activists against discrimination. It seems like the prevalent attitude is: “Don’t discriminate against us, but we’ll discriminate against anyone who disagrees with us.” Not so with believers.

We love everyone: men, women, young, old, brown, yellow, black, white, rich, poor, theists, atheists, Republicans, Democrats, believers, unbelievers, and the differences go on—ad infinitum. Not everyone shares the same conviction. There are those who overtly and proudly wear their badge of discrimination. Then there are those who zealously march for tolerance while having no problem zealously silencing and violently attacking those who share a different view.

As God’s very own unique people, we are hated, but even then, our call doesn’t change: we love everyone—even those who hate us, even our enemies. We are surprising to many people. It doesn’t matter how much others try to paint a very dark picture of us, we just keep on shining. And the darker things get, our lights just shine more brightly.

All the Gospel to All People

Acts 20:21  (KJV)   21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul was a non-discriminatory preacher. He himself was a Jew, but he preached to Jews and non-Jews alike – that covers all races. He was also a non-selective preacher. Known to be the apostle of grace, he preached repentance, and he also preached faith – both are essential to salvation.

We were commissioned by the Lord Jesus to preach the Good News of the Kingdom – the Good News of Jesus Christ – the Good News of salvation. Truth: we’ve all decided to turn our own way and we separated ourselves from God. Don’t read that last statement lightly. That’s a really heavy stuff, dreadfully serious. In turning to our own ways, we were all lost. And we would have been lost if our gracious Lord didn’t step in, and became the way to get us back on track and got us reconnected with God. Since all of us got lost, all of us needed to be found. This necessitates that the message we proclaim be for everyone. We don’t pick and choose, prefer or favor a specific race and exclude others. God loves everyone. He died for everyone: red, brown, yellow, black, white, polka-dots, striped, etc..

Another truth of importance: we need to share the full essentials for salvation – even the parts that may hurt. We don’t just preach repentance without faith; this will be showing people to turn away from something without showing them where to turn. We don’t just preach faith without repentance. This will be showing people to turn to something without showing them where to turn from. We cover the sins we need to leave behind and the Jesus we need to follow. It’s not “either-or,” it’s “both.”

Dear God, Lord of all, we pray that we will represent you faithfully. Take away any kind of ungodly discrimination and selectivity away from us. Help us that we may lovingly and boldly share the full message of the Gospel of your salvation. Yes, it may not be comfortable; it may hurt; it may cause others to dislike us or even hate us, but their salvation is worth all of those probable risks – even when risk becomes reality. Thank you Lord because we know you’ll be with us all the way, in Jesus’ Name, amen.