“She did it. It’s her fault.” “She made me do it.” “The devil made me do it.” Our fleshly response to most anything negative or accusatory is to blame someone else; especially if it might cost us something. Blame can often be the conversation over dinner. “If our President would just….” “If people would just learn how to drive….” etc. etc. And in today’s society, it is easy to blame someone else for the world’s problems. Sometimes we blame the politicians. Sometimes we blame the people. It makes us feel better to blame someone other than ourselves.
But here’s something to consider: could it be that the reason for the downward spiral in America is because the Church refuses to come together? Could it be OUR fault?
In Genesis 11, there is a story about a people who wanted to make their name great:
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”
WHEN WE SEEK TO MAKE OUR NAME GREAT, THE LORD SCATTERS
In John 17, we see the antithesis of this:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
WHEN WE SEEK TO MAKE HIS NAME GREAT, THE LORD UNITES
Have we become so busy building our own kingdoms that we are ignoring God’s call to build up His Kingdom? Is America seeing churches separated, disassociated, and disunited within our cities? Why is that? When was the last time you saw churches from one city come together?
I have seen the Church come together when tragedy strikes in our country. When hurricanes and tornadoes rip through our countrysides, no one seems to care about denominations or color or theology. And yet, cities have tragedies occurring daily that go ignored or certainly not ministered to by the Church coming together as a unified front.
When Paul wrote his letters, he wrote them to “the churches of Galatia”, “the saints of Ephesus”, “the saints of Colossae”, and “the saints of Philippi”. Paul addressed all the churches within each area. He spoke to them as if they were one. In Philippians 2, Paul said it like this:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Oh, how I pray that we would not point our finger at the faults of those who refuse to do the right thing in our nation, when the Church refuses to to do the God thing in our nation. Would you be a part of seeking to unite the Body of Christ in your city? When invited to be a part of a citywide coming together of the Church for your city, would you join them? Because I believe that when the Church comes together as one city under God, our nation will again become “one nation under God“.