Sunday Morning Word: To the Bride of Christ

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Acts 20:35 (NIV)

I was watching a local church telecast early this morning, and towards the end of the program, the preacher shed some light on the reason behind all the craziness happening in America today (mass shootings, police corruption, white supremacy, etc.). He said it’s because the church is not preaching the Gospel anymore.

Let’s face it, it’s not popular to be a Christian these days. We have some Christians who protest military funerals and condemn all “faggots” to hell, others who think snowflakes and overweight elves on coffee cups represent the true meaning of Christmas, even more who backslide all week long but are “holier-than-thou” on Sundays, and let’s not forget the ones who continuously pass judgement on others, as if we all weren’t sinners once.

And in the midst of all of this chaos, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is lost. The fact that there is a Buzzfeed video with an “I’m not like those other Christians” attitude currently going viral while one with a “Let me tell you about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” message doesn’t even exist explains it all. Jesus said, “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14). It’s time we humbled ourselves. It’s time we stopped seeking acceptance from a sinful world (Galatians 1:10). It’s time we stopped being lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-22).

Heed the first Church’s example. At Pentecost, Peter and the other apostles received the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. They preached to the crowd the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and on that day 3,000 people were saved.

“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” (1 Corinthians 12:13-14)

We all make up the body of Christ, no matter our denomination or race. We all make up the “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). Before he was taken up into heaven, Jesus said to his disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This is the assignment of the church, and this is exactly what they did in Acts 2. They preached the Gospel of Jesus, they followed his teachings, they understood that they were all one in Christ, they gave to brothers and sisters in need, they fellowshipped with one another, they worshiped and praised God, and people were saved daily (Acts 2:42-47). The church has to get back to that if we ever want to get back the decency and respect we once had in this country.

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