TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
What the people think is what God thinks? The will of the people is God’s will? To determine what God wants, take a survey to find what the people want?
America worships “choice.” It gives reverence and obedience to the democratic popular vote as the means to define right and wrong. Ambivalence about abortion, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, same sex marriage, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, serial monogamy, racial segregation and equal opportunity — are evidence of a confused and whimsical God?
So anxious to fill pews by accommodating conscience, we pastors are found guilty of preaching a most rudimentary Gospel, careful not to do any toe-stepping (careful to preach a “Gospel of the people”).
Dismissing confidence and even credibility in God, a pervasive secularism grows by leaps and bounds in our modern world. The church — God’s people — is called to be stable and stalwart as it confronts extraordinary spiritual tumult. Interdenominational love and mutual respect is the perquisite to confront this satanic growth of the God-bashing secularism that surrounds us. Such denominational unity of the people of God can suppress the spiritually depraved of our self-willed society.
We, the church, are not to stand in enmity with America and our fellow citizens, but in patient service and love, demonstrating the wonders of God’s redemptive presence.
The biggest empire this world has ever seen was the Roman Empire (27BC-476 AD). Its success followed its’ Emperor Julius Caesar’s military motto, “Divide and Conquer.” As long as the Christian Church chooses to defy its Founder with competitive diversity the efficacy of this world’s Savior will never penetrate the growing atheistic influence of secularism. The stanch but challenged rigors of Catholicism, the faded Bible belt, the splintered progress of the Evangelicals, and the mitigated Main Liners, (all contributing to the demise of Christian America) need urgently to unite in the one church of Jesus Christ.
This church needs to be reverenced as God’s instrument of solidarity for peace, harmony, justice and life everlasting. The first step is denomination bonding - still retaining individual denominational identity while creating a powerful force for truth and goodness; like this world has never seen!
Far too long the devil has cleverly divided and conquered, trampling isolated congregations by the millions. May all of us come together in the Church.
“May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know you, Father, have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” [JOHN 19:23].
Demonically divided and diffused, we, the church, need to hear Our Founder’s call for unity.
The Rev. John Burkhart Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of psychology
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