Thursday, October 11, 2012

That we might be built together (Ephesians 2:22) with a story from Hitler's Germany.

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:22 (NIV)
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

During World War II, Hitler commanded all religious groups to unite so that he could control them. Among the Brethren assemblies, half complied and half refused. Those who went along with the order had a much easier time. Those who did not faced harsh persecution. In almost every family of those who resisted, someone died in a concentration camp.  
When the war was over, feelings of bitterness ran deep between the groups and there was much tension. Finally they decided that the situation had to be healed. Leaders from each group met at a quiet retreat. For several days, each person spent time in prayer, examining his own heart in the light of Christ's commands. Then they came together.  Francis Schaeffer, who told of the incident, asked a friend who was there, "What did you do then?" "We were just one," he replied. As they confessed their hostility and bitterness to God and yielded to His control, the Holy Spirit created a spirit of unity among them. Love filled their hearts and dissolved their hatred.
When love prevails among believers, especially in times of strong disagreement, it presents to the world an indisputable mark of a true follower of Jesus Christ. 

We are divided. We are divided along political lines. The divide is so strong that there are some who are wondering if we can be healed … come together … for the good of the many. We are divided over solutions … a pathway towards peace.

Conservatives do not trust the Liberals. We see each other as the enemy … the ill informed … the problem. And we remain divided.

What is missing is a vision of what God intended when he brought the peoples who make up our great country together. I believe that his intent was not so we can be better than any other country, richer that any other country, more powerful than any other country … but, that we can be a channel of blessing to others.

The world needs hope and a vision of what can be. We have the great possibility of offering this to the entire world if we would only get our act together. If we don’t then the blessing that God has bestowed upon us will be taken from us and placed on the shoulders of others.

We have to allow God to build us together the alternative is a destructive force that will tear us a part.

Live in us that we might become one. Live in us that unity may reign. Live in us today that unity may be realized. Live in us that our nation might be healed. 

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