Lifelines February 03, 2019

All of the signals are out there, wide open and easy to see.  It is nearly impossible to miss them.  The world is in chaos.  Everybody is at odds with somebody.  Suspicions ascend as trust descends.  This group is the problem.  No, it’s that one.  Wrong! It’s the other one.  Blame is passed around for all the ailments of the world, and there are plenty.  Accusatory stones are being hurled all around the land.  It’s time to drop the rocks.

The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23), and there is only one (Ephesians 4:4).  Harmony in the world will only be achieved when lost sinners are converted and become true disciples.  That is when healing will begin.  Overcoming a lifetime of bad attitudes, prejudices, evil thoughts and bad actions does not happen overnight, but those rocks must be dropped.  Christians cannot continue to fling them at their neighbors. 

All of the distinctions that the world draws to separate people disappear within the Lord’s church (Galatians 3:28).  Nationality makes no difference.  Christians are all children of God.  Our status in life is irrelevant.  Every true believer has eternal riches, a crown and a place in heaven.  Spiritual blessings are shared by both men and women.  Christ is all that matters.  Our relationship with Him changes every other relationship.  Are we holding on to any old worldly rocks we need to drop? 

“One nation under God.”  That is the only solution to the nonstop bickering.  The splintering of our nation bears witness to the consequences of pushing Him out of the public consciousness. Adam and Eve.  Cain and Abel.  Noah.  History is littered with the corpses of individuals and entire nations who dared to challenge the Lord.  To paraphrase the warning of God; a divided house will not survive.  Rock throwers knock holes in everybody’s walls.

The mission of the church is urgent.  We need not look beyond our own town.  There is a deep darkness that descends where God is not.  It is where we used to live.  It is not unfamiliar to us.  We’ve all been there (Ephesians 2:3).  Christians have escaped, rescued by a loving Father (Colossians 1:13), but there is still a world dominated by the darkness pointing fingers and throwing rocks. “Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9).”  Jesus set the standard.  He left the glory of the Father to offer peace.  He was met by the brutal hatred of the darkness.  Light was an unwelcome intrusion (John 3:20).  It still is.  Casting stones is a lot easier than stepping into the glare.  So, people retreat to the shadows and grab another one.  That’s a pity.  Grasping God’s forgiveness is impossible when we have a hand full of rocks.