Have you experienced Father’s Love? Are you part of our culture?
There are tons of points of view about the cultural climate of our country right now. A group of white nationalists come carrying Nazi flags and Tiki torches to protest the removal of a confederate statue. Unrest ensues. Counter protest groups are on the scene, some not peaceful. Things get crazy and a young woman with a heart for justice loses her life.
People are upset on all fronts, political nametags and associations are applied, and racial tensions are right in the middle.
Even the church is widely varied on how we stand with these events.
You might be saying, “Wait, wait, what does this have to do with Father’s Love and Sonship? I have heard about racial tensions and divided America till I’m nauseous.”
Father’s love undergirds everything we do at Shiloh Place so you know that is where we are going. Let’s lay some ground work.
In Rev. 7:9-10 we read:
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
This presents a very clear picture of the kingdom, for it is made up of people from every tribe and nation. We also have
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Racism, racial supremacy(primarily white for hundreds of years), racial separatism and misogyny have no place in kingdom culture.
“Ok, But what about violence by leftists, American history, etc., etc., you ask?”
Radical groups on all sides have hurt people. Its wrong. But we must be careful not to squash the voice of the marginalized and unheard. Don’t forget Jesus has a history of siding with the hurting and marginalized. Heck, his own people were such. He created a revolution in His culture. Not a militant one but a revolution none-the-less. For the first 300 years the church was in the margins and looking out for the hurting and hopeless even in the face of danger. Just read the letters of Paul.
One thing is clear when looking at Jesus. The common factor, and most important, is people. Jesus valued people and reached them in their suffering. People make the kingdom.
When Jesus was about His father’s business He was speaking to a Samaritan woman, alone, helping a naked woman off the ground and driving away her accusers, lauding a Canaanite for her faith and telling a story about a morally superior Samaritan man. All marginalized citizens by the way.
He was talking about a father who reached out to a son who had wished him dead at one point. He was talking about grace for all.
I have been thinking about how the pendulum swings on the issues of the day and how quickly a shift can happen.
Last week we found ourselves disturbed by what humans can do to one another. This week we find ourselves horrified by what nature can do to all humans. There must be hundreds of Texans with very different opinions on the events in Charlottesville who are now trying to escape the same devastating water. Suddenly, the differences are less important than what they have in common.
So how do we solve our issues of the day?
That’s what everyone wants to know. Well, I don’t have all the answers but I know the pendulum never swings when it comes to Father’s love. Its steady. Every person is valuable to Father. The place to start is with every person.
There is a Vineyard song that has encouraged me lately called Let Us Be. Part of the lyrics go like this:
Take our hands, Move our feet, Break our hearts
With the things that make Your heart break
Let us be Your hands, Let us be Your feet
Let us be the love that longs for those in need
This can be you! You can be the love for those in need, those that are valuable to God, for every person you meet. It seems scary and maybe not very enticing, but you can do it right where you are in your everyday life. You don’t have to go to the devastation or across country to be a light. You can allow Him to shed His love abroad in your heart and out to others. You can start with sharing His love with the person next to you, your spouse, kids, the person sitting alone at church, the single mother in line at the grocery store, the person you once judged because you only knew part of their story.
What can you do to be a culture changing Father’s love carrier today? Hint – start small then work your way up to the big stuff.
If you need help this is what is going on at a Shiloh Place school. It’s a place where God can touch you, heal you, comfort you, and send you! You are the answer to the world’s problems because He lives in you! It sounds overwhelming but He is working in you to make it a reality.
Join us Sept. 18-21, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC and encounter the revival you and the person beside you needs!