In light of the recent 50th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in American history, I believe we can tap into a “greater grace” to advance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” and the “Dream” of the Jesus Christ in John 17 that we would be one. I believe there is something beyond the normal talking points of our ideological entrenchment that is available to the humble. In my dream I still see the Church (or better said, the servants of Jesus Christ) as the best answer for all that is wrong in the world today. However the Church needs to admit we have missed the mark when it comes to reconciling the races and the denominations.
Some of our Sunday morning separation is not wrong; it’s just a matter of cultural preferences similar to the variety on our radio dial. People like certain genres of music. It’s not often you will find country, blues, jazz, hip hop and rock music all on the same station. Variety is a good thing. However when we don’t interact with each other between the Sundays, when we don’t cross pollinate, when we only have relations with our “own kind or family” we can produce offspring with birth defects. Our mutual isolation is producing a sociological, genetic weakness in our points of views that keep us from reproducing healthy solutions the next generation needs. We have lost the balance necessary to walk the “narrow path” that leads to life in our nation.
The Church is the only authorized and empowered people on the planet that can bring true reconciliation to mankind. The God who reconciled sinful man to Himself through Christ has deputized us as ministers of reconciliation, in all its forms. However the Church needs to be reminded that the Church isn’t the pattern for the Church… Jesus is the pattern. We are to offer the essence of Christ Himself, not the religion about Him. We are to be Jesus with skin on. I believe He still walks our streets and the halls of government through people who are willing to yield to His Spirit, whether in the local PTA meeting or Congress.
We sometimes forget that Jesus didn’t come to earth to bring a religion; He came to bring a Kingdom. He still administers His heavenly domain here on earth one life at a time. Often it’s only those who are broken, “kingdom minded believers” that possess the essential grace to advance the conversation we need so desperately. We need to be aware of the powerful vortex drawing us into the same trap set by the religious leaders of His day. Will we get sucked into this lifeless cycle of our allegiance to secular government or to a lifeless, rigid religious system. Let’s tap into the grace to advance the conversation that is available to the peacemakers.
I have a dream…