July 14, 2021
Unity of the Church
As we move into summer, Covid19 is on the decline, and an increase of new variants of coronavirus is spreading faster from persons not vaccinated, and more infections are resulting in more people getting extremely sick or dying. We need to understand that this pandemic is not by accident. It is clear in (2 Chronicles 15:6) that God troubled them with every adversity and in (2 Chronicles 7:13) God said he would send pestilence among His people. In the Old Testament the Nation of Israel was God’s people. Today the church is God’s people, His body. It is important that if we want to see healing in the land we must turn away from our evil ways and embrace God’s kingdom agenda and not embrace our flag or embrace our culture more than His ways. We are living in a day when man has no shame for what he is doing. God is no longer important in our society because the church is and has been so ineffective in living out His truths for the last 400 years. Jesus made it clear that if you confess me before men, I will confess you before my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 10:32). My desire is to see First Baptist Church of Mt. Rainier to continue being a church where the Kingdom Agenda of God is lived out in every person’s life at home, school, work or wherever we are (Isa. 2:3).If we, the people of God want to see the healing of our land we must turn from our evil ways, pray, and seek God’s face. God said why do you say, Lord, Lord and do not what I say (Luke 6:46). We have too many Christians’ playing church and not committed to all that God wants. God has blessed the church so many ways and we have repaid Him back by conforming to the world and not living for Him. We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb.12:28). Therefore, we are to serve God with reverence and awe. The church needs to come together in unity and stand together in spirit and truth to carry out the Kingdom Agenda. Church unity begins with each one of us. Despite our different backgrounds, histories, preferences and the like, God has asked us to live, love, worship and work together while operating in unity as part of the family of God. If we want to see God move in our churches, homes, land to eradicate this virus and restore unity, and heal our land we must love one another even as Christ loved us (John 13:34-35). Only as we accept one another as Christ accepted us will our church be unified.