Many of us have heard the quote, “United we stand, divided we fall” There is a lot going on in the world. If you look around you can see division occurring right before your eyes. Races are divided, families are broken, church attendance is decreasing and people are angry.
The quote means that if we stand together with unity we can conquer whatever obstacles that may come our way. If we are all divided with our personal agendas, we fail and there will be no victory.
There are a few movements going on around America. We have #alllivesmatter, #blacklivesmatter, and #bluelivesmatter. Yet, with all these movements I can’t help to wonder why there hasn’t been a movement for #allsoulsmatter. Why haven’t we formed a movement to march the streets in every city to tell about the gospel of Jesus Christ? Why haven’t we taken a stand for the God we claim we love so much? We find it easy to take sides on political issues and race issues.
Here is a question to ask yourself. Is your walk with Christ just a routine?
It’s time for us as a body of believers to evaluate ourselves. We are so distracted by the things of this world that we have failed to realize our purpose.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Think about this scripture for a moment. This is major issue right now in America. We as people are looking at the outer appearance of people and judging them, instead of looking at the heart.
You have some police officers looking at African Americans based on the color of their skin and immediately becoming fearful of them. What happens when you are fearful of someone? You tend to act irrationally and react without thinking.
There’s a thing called “culture shock” which means there is a feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. I also believe that a lot of our issues have to do with “culture ignorance” which exist when individuals have no knowledge of cultural differences.
In this case, it means that you assume that your perception of another culture is correct without actually taking the time to study the culture or befriend people of a different culture.
All African Americans aren’t gang bangers or even killers. We all don’t live in poverty or even in the ghetto. We don’t all stay at home and collect welfare.
Many of us work hard every day to provide for ourselves and our families. Many of us have attended college and graduated with a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree. Many of us are entrepreneurs or desire to own a business one day. Many of us are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, teachers, leaders, mentors, etc. We matter and want to make a difference in the communities and the world where we reside.
Let’s talk about the blue lives matter movement for a moment. Police are put in place to prevent, detect crime and maintain public order. There are bad cops and there are good cops. I have a major issue with the assassinations of the cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge over the last few weeks. Innocent blood shouldn’t be shed because you’re angry at social injustice. Killing innocent people will not solve the issue of racism or discrimination.
Police officers wear these uniforms every day, but they’re more than just cops. They’re humans with families that look forward to seeing them return home every day. In regards to the bad cops, there will always be a bad apple that makes everyone else look bad. Everyone shouldn’t be punished for the actions of a few. Seek justice to be served against that individual and not the police force as a whole.
Let’s just be clear about both movements all lives do matter. If you stand for this movement then you should have compassion for any life were innocent blood is shed for no reason or just cause. All lives matter means that whether you are black, white, yellow or green; I’m going to stand united and fight for justice on your behalf.
We as believers represent Jesus Christ. Jesus is LOVE. God wants both Jews and Gentiles to be part his family. He just didn’t die for whites or blacks. Jesus died for us all and desires for us all to have eternal life. God wants his people to be saved from the lake of fire (HELL).
If you know Christ, then you know that all souls matter. We should be spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all that have an ear to hear the word of God. When we come before God, I have a feeling that he won’t care about the color of our skin, income, the car we drove or what church we attended.
Christians it’s time to evaluate yourself. Take time away from the distractions of this world and find some quiet time alone with God. Let it be a time to discover your purpose here on earth. We all have a responsibility which is Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
We are living in perilous times. People may be dying physically, but there are people walking around spiritually dead. These people aren’t connected to the Father and are blind. They are filled with darkness deep within themselves. They can’t love because they don’t know the one that is love. They are connected to the wrong source – Satan. Satan uses them to fulfill his plan of killing, stealing and destroying the lives of God’s people.
We as believers of Jesus Christ can change the game. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. We can all come together in unity and stand on the word of God.
We can stand in prayer all across this land and call upon the name of Jesus to heal the land. To humbly request that God forgives us of our sins against him and his people. We can come together in fellowship to worship together and lift up the name of Jesus in all the earth. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are the body of Christ, which means that we are a part of God’s army. As we stand together with our Father in heaven, he has already won the battle. He just needs us to stand together in unity so that the victory can be revealed in the earth.
We as the church have been divided for a long time. It’s time for us to put aside the differences and come together on one accord. It’s time for us to put our trust in Jesus and to take our trust out of man. It’s time to put aside religious doctrine and seek a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s time to spread love and get rid of hate. It’s time to let our light shine to this dark world. It’s time to come together in prayer all over the world without ceasing. It’s time to get into formation for the kingdom of God get all the glory and honor that he deserves.