Who do you support? Who do you stand with? Do you stand with family? Do you stand with friends? Do you stand with co-workers? Do you stand with any number of other groups we see in our society today? Do you stand with God?
We see people divided into more groups in our society today than ever before. Not only are we divided, but we are so passionate about our position that we are unwilling to listen to another point of view. We see groups who are willing to hurt their own cause in order to make a point.
We see it in groups that either believe we need to wear masks or not wear them. We see the divide on race. We see it in division over whether to fund or defund our police forces. We even see it in owners versus players in Major League Baseball. I’m sure many of us could continue to name more divisions among people as well.
Unfortunately, all this division is happening within our beliefs. Just when we were starting to see multiple denominations starting to work together to further God’s kingdom, we now see people within the same church working against each other. This goes against everything God and Jesus teach us.
If we are unwilling to talk with each other in a calm and logical manner, what do we expect but division? In a time such as this, our churches need to be even more united than ever before. We need to do our research, we need to read, we need to study, we need to be the sanity in the chaos. God does not sow confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Have we, as Christians, forgotten that we can make a difference, if we stand united? We don’t need to stand physically shoulder-to-shoulder. We can stand virtually shoulder-to-shoulder. We can use the tools and technologies that God provided to make a positive difference.
Perhaps we have been slow to adopt technologies in our churches, thinking they are the devils’ doing. Perhaps we have lumped them into the same boat our parents or grandparents lumped contemporary Christian music. Perhaps we need to learn from history and learn to use them to unite our people, making our churches stronger than ever before. Perhaps God is tired of us ignoring them and is now forcing us to use them.
Jesus used parables to teach during His time on earth. He used language and examples of the time to communicate to people. Should we not use today’s methods of communication to reach more people? I believe we should. Let’s stand with Jesus in our time with our tools.
I pray we all decide to read, research, and study God’s Word. I pray we are determined to stand with Jesus. I pray each of us will use the tools at our disposal to reach people. Unite with God. Unite with Jesus. Use what God has made available to you. Reach others for Jesus.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.