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Erasing the Dividing Line
by Kevin Cook
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It has become a major concern of mine that a dividing line has existed within the Church in America far too long between what is traditionally referred to as the black church, and white church.

There has been immense disunity due to segregation within our churches that should not be. It is time for a change to occur, and Godís people to unite as one in body in Christ, and in one spirit. The house must NO LONGER be divided!

The division between the white church, and the black church has gone on far too long, and it is time for a true repentance, and reconciliation to occur, and for brothers and sisters in the faith to unite under the banner of the cross.

We have stayed in our own groups, and have refused to make peace with other believers who hold the same basic doctrinal beliefs as we do. Often the culprit is our own selfish pride, and of course our own prejudices that we all have held against Christians of different skin tones, and this must stop.

If our local fellowships preach the same Gospel, and the same Jesus who was crucified for our sins once and for all, if we are to be obedient to the words of Christ Jesus, then are we not on the same team? Should we not be working closely together to reach out and evangelize our communities?

The one big thing that often keeps us separated is racism; we donít feel comfortable around folks with different skin tones due to the fact that we have been conditioned by society to think that way. Pastorís must take the bull by the horns and begin to preach the gospel of reconciliation to their congregations to reprogram their thinking, and cancel the cancerous tumor of racism in the church once and for all.

We who are born-again by faith need to loose the distrust, and prejudices that have divided us for so long, and begin to embrace each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all of one body, the body of Christ, and we need to start acting like it.

The world is watching the church, and so far what the world has seen does not impress them at all. They have seen the infighting, and the disunity among people to claim to be Christians, and it has turned them off to the Gospel message. The church all too often has stood in the way of sinners, and repelled them, instead of compelling them to come in.

Galatians 3:28 - There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians--You are in Christ Jesus.

I would also assert that there is no black people, and no white people in Christ either.

Now I am not trying by any means to add to Scripture, but common sense should reveal to us that in the Body of Christ, the Church, we ought to be colorblind. We are to love each other as Christ first loved us. We must erase the dividing line between our fellow believers, and stand together as one body. Christ is coming back for a body without spot or wrinkle; he is returning for his bride very soon, we donít have much time to get our acts together.

Now I am not advocating that churches should compromise their doctrinal beliefs in order to get along with other churches, heavens no. Many churches today have fallen away from sound Biblical doctrine, bringing upon them the judgment of God. Those of us who share doctrinal truths that are the same ought to be united in faith and purpose.

If we are to have an influence in our society that is worth anything, then we need to come together. If we do not break down the barriers of racism in our churches, and bridge the gap soon, we will suffer the consequences; we will live to regret that we did not act when we had the chance too.

God teaches us in Acts 17:26 - He has made of one blood every nation of menÖ

God is telling us that we all come from the same source, from the same blood we were all created. The only difference is one small chemical with our bodies called ďmelaninĒ. Darker skinned people have more of this chemical, and lighter skinned people have less of it. This one biological difference is what has separated Godís people for a very long time, and it is a sin that must be irradicated from our midst if we are to become effective in our mission.

Our society has used this one biological difference to discriminate against a class of people for a long time. Liberals have used it to control masses of people, and keep them apart, and hating each other. This is SIN!

The truth is be a persons skin dark or light, they are all created in the image of God, and God has a special purpose for each ones life, and they are all equal in his site. We must repent before God for all the time we have wasted in rebellion to his Word, and we must take steps to erase the dividing line, and unite the body of Christ.

Benjamin Franklin said this: ďIf we donít hang together, we will all hang separately.Ē

If we do not learn to love one another, which is the great commandment of Christ, then we will pay a huge price. The heart of God must ache terribly when he looks down and sees the distrust, and disunity that exists in the hearts of his people.

Will you put away your prejudices against Christians of differing skin tones, and obey the Word of the Lord?

Will you embrace your brothers and sisters in Christ with the passionate love that God wants his children to have for one another?

Settle it in your soul right now to put away your pride, and distrust of fellow believers, and reunite the Body of Christ.

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