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“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” – A. W. Tozer
Close your eyes for just a minute as if you are getting ready to pray. Before you open your mind or your mouth to pray, what do you perceive God to be?
What is He like? Is He warm, welcoming, smiling? Or is he distant, cold, and impersonal with principles you are supposed to follow?
Is He a lot like one of your parents who made you feel like no matter what you did, you could never measure up? Or is He laid-back, saying “Hey whatever, just do whatever”?
While we are all Americans, our citizenship as Christ followers reflects an ultimate allegiance to the King and His Kingdom (Philippians 3:20). As Stanly Hauerwas once said, “Christians must resist racism as Christians, not as Americans.” The Scriptures speak clearly to the fact that, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 NASB).
No human being is superior or inferior to another. All human beings, no matter their ethnic origin, are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and are of sacred worth.
Any person who professes the name of Christ and has a racist heart needs to repent.
65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes. 22 million of those are refugees who have fled from their home countries. Half of that 22 million are children.
June 20 marks World Refugee Day and June 25 is World Refugee Sunday, giving us a week to focus and reflect on the current refugee crisis and pray over how we as Christians are called to intervene.
I went on my first mission trip when I was twenty years old. Coming home from a short two weeks spent sharing the love of Christ and news of the gospel, I knew I had discovered an aspect of Christian life I’d been missing. But I didn’t know how to keep living the “mission trip life” back at home. It seems impossible, among the whirlwind of daily responsibilities, to find the time or the place to be a witness among the lost. It’s easy to forget, and it’s easy to be timid.
Later this week, my son and I will head to East Asia with a team. We will be meeting the health needs and the spiritual needs of a rural, unreached people group.
I am truly blessed and honored to be able to go. But I am also aware that God is not asking everyone to drop everything and go to an unreached people group right this moment. Instead, he’s asking us to be used by him to minister to others we encounter in our daily routine of life.
God is calling all of us to a lifestyle of joining him where he is already at work, to co-labor with him and acknowledge that he is in constant pursuit of the lost. There is nowhere you can go that God won’t be. There is no one you could talk to whom God doesn’t already see, love, and have amazing plans for.
He was active in his local church for years. He served on committees. He held leadership positions. He offered prayers to open meetings. Then one day, he made a shocking statement: “I believe Jesus was a great moral teacher, but I do not believe Jesus rose from the grave.”