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January 22, 2013

Washing Away the Line in the Sand


As I state in the "About" section of this blog, I am completely open in talking about my faith. However, I will never press my beliefs on anyone. Believe what you want. Worship how you want. That's what makes us unique. The conclusion I have come to is that no matter what religion we are or how many differences we may have between us, we all (hopefully) dance on one common ground...and that is loving and serving God. Whether you call him God, Elohim, Johovah, Yahweh, Allah, or Huwa, He is the creator and ruler of the universe and He stands for peace, love, and truth. Regardless of your particular religious affiliation, in the end, isn't that what we all want?

Yesterday, we celebrated a man who represented all of those things as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fearless leader who fought segregation not just amongst our Nation but also our world. He fought against violence and evil.  He served others before himself. He died while fighting to wash away that line in the sand.

Whether you choose to believe it or not, sadly, that line in the sand still exists in our country. Between races, political parties, genders...you name it. We just can't seem to agree on anything. How in the world are we going to accomplish anything and live this life for God if we can't even come to a table and eat together?
"To many Americans, we feel like a house divided that cannot stand. We find ourselves desperately longing to find common ground. To find a common vision, to be one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for everyone. In this city, and in this room, are the people who can help. This may be, this bringing together of our country, a more important issue than anything else we face: because until we resolve our issues here or at least find some unifying vision that brings us together, we’re going to find it very very difficult to solve any other problems we’re facing." -Pastor Adam Hamilton
Our country is crying for unity. We are crying for good and fighting evil at the same time. We must bravely come together in God's name and be strong.

Today, I had the great honor of watching the Senior Pastor of my hometown church give the Sermon at the 2013 Inaugural National Prayer Service. His message will be one of the history books. Pastor Adam Hamilton is a faithful, humble man, whom God used to speak to our country and our leaders at this challenging time. It was delivered with grace and humility and I hope you will take 15 minutes to watch it here. Regardless of how I feel or you feel about our government, it is important to pray for wisdom for our leaders so that we can continue to do God's good will on this land that we have been lent. It isn't ours so we have got to take care of it. I hope and I pray that we will remember Jesus' life and his teachings so we continue to resist the temptations of what could be wrong. I pray that our country will come together, stop fighting, and be proactive. In doing so, it is important to remember that He is always with us. He never leaves our side.

Pastor Adam, you thanked our leaders first before your message. I would like to end this message by thanking you. You are proof that one voice, with the love of God, can make a difference and reach so many.
"A compelling vision unifies us. It excites us, it leads people to a willingness to sacrifice, and imbues them with a sense of purpose."
 
I pray we can wash away that line in the sand.

"Let us build a house
where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where
saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God's children dare to seek
To dream God's reign anew.

Here the cross shall stand as witness
And a symbol of God's grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat:
A banquet hall on holy ground,
Where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus,
Is revealed in time and space;
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place."
 

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