Divided to United
I’ve been struggling recently to put my finger on what the Lord was saying to the Church about unity and reconciliation. Sure, we need messages on these topics, but I was looking for more. I felt the Lord was saying and doing so much more.
A few months earlier I was visiting a church whose address is Confederate Avenue when I heard these words prayed, “As this church sits on Confederate Avenue, I ask Father that you would use this church to be a beacon of hope and a messenger of reconciliation. Release it, I pray, in Jesus’ name!”
It would only be a few weeks later that Pastor Arthur Breland, a dear friend, and brother, would call and say, “The Atlanta City Council voted to change the name of the street from Confederate Ave. to United Ave.” We agreed in that moment, that this was a prophetic harbinger. It was a clear message to the Church, not just in Atlanta, but beyond.
The Church Must Intersect and Become One
It later came to my attention that United Ave. intersects with Atlanta Ave., and the two become one. “Electric” is the only way to describe how it hit me. The words evaded me, until I stood in the historic neighborhood, at that very intersection. THE CHURCH MUST INTERSECT AND BECOME ONE. I heard it clear as day. The white church. The black church. The Hispanic church. The Asian church. The rich church. The poor church. The Baptist Church. The charismatic church. The Anglican Church. The Presbyterian Church. The right wing and the left. The Church must intersect, and she must become one.
Unprecedented & Glorious
We are living in unprecedented times. Yes, there is great evil, division, and hardship. Yes, I acknowledge, the Church has never been more segmented and separated than the present. Yes, I too acknowledge the apathy and sin of our past is playing out in present discourse.
However, these are also glorious times. Never in the history of the American Church has the message of unity and oneness been so prevalent and present. There appears to be a great desire among church leaders to stand in solidarity. In these dark times, it is an opportunity for the Church to shine the brightest. It is in perilous times such as these that the radiant beauty of the bride of Christ could and should be seen. What’s the holdup?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Josh Clemons