I remember in the late 60s in San Fernando Valley, there was a new phenomenon in churches. The non-denominational. A couple girls we knew told us with pride that they attended Hillcrest Christian Church. It’s non denonminational, that makes it christian. Others went to Grace Community Church. same sense of pride. My friend Fred told them they, in fact, attended a church in a denomination. He told them that their denomination was called, ready?, non-denominational.
John MacArthur tells a story that while visiting white house staff during the Bush presidency, he asked the staff if they looked upon liberals and democrats as the enemy or the mission field. It was eye opening, and heart breaking to many of them. For they did look at the other side as the enemy. And don’t they still do that, only worse?
Today, politicians, can not agree with someone across the aisle because they are the enemy. Today, churches can not look outside their walls to work together to reach the lost in their communities. They have trouble going between, to paraphrase Luther, the glory of the congregation and the Glory of the Gospel. I am looking forward to Movement Day AZ in September to see if something can be done to bring churches together. http://movementdayarizona.com/
Most tragic is the fact that old wounds are being opened up concerning race and ethnic divides. I know that many will want to lecture me that the problems never went away. For that, I am very aware.
My friend Fred had a joke that went like, life is the sentence you pay for the crime of being born. It was a joke. But my prayer is that people will know the joy of being born different in terms of location, color, ethnicity and the acceptance that God demands. That life is a wonderful reward for being born, no matter where.
The title of this post is a joke. I am exactly like you, and loving it.