Today, I attended a wonderful Brunch sponsored by a local Christian radio station. The keynote speaker delivered a wonderful message that encourage and inspire women to continue in the work of the Lord.
Anyone in attendance at the Brunch would agree that the sponsors were generous with giveaways. The food was enjoyable. The radio staff was warm and gracious. And the hotel staff was friendly and professional.
All appeared so idyllic.
But what stood out most prominently in this beautiful chandelier ballroom was perhaps the invisible line that separates us.
For years, articles and books have been written and scholarly discussions have been given about the most segregated time in Christian America is the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Service.
But no matter how we Christians try to avoid the issue, race and class is our invisible line that separates us and unless we address this dividing line within our churches, we are failing as Christians.
Those of you who read the Bible know of the story of about Apostle Peter reluctance to visit a Gentile (Book of Acts 10).
In brief, God told the Apostle Peter to visit the Roman centurion Cornelius who was a Gentile. Immediately, Peter revealed his prejudice against a person based on his ethnicity and culture. It was God who revealed to Peter the error of his thinking and heart.
Isn’t it just like God to show us who we really are?
Now, when the event came to a close, I began to think about the message but more so, about the messenger. She spoke about family, missionary work and the “ministry of presence.”
That is what I felt was lacking. Our walk with Christ requires our presence, not only among non-believers but those who confess Christ.
Like Peter, we aren’t perfect but if we are willing to obey, God will erase that invisible line that separates us from Him and with each other.
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian