Loving United

Last Sunday a city-wide worship event occurred in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.  It was called One Worship.  It was the opening event of a week-long outreach effort into all corners of our city by a coalition of over 50 area churches (Jesus Loves Kalamazoo).  As I walked the festival grounds, I saw old and young, tall and short, skinny and not-skinny,  white, Asian, black and Latino.  I saw tattoos and piercings, khakis and polo shirts.    What I didn’t see were Baptists or Methodists or Presbyterians or non-denominational.  I saw instead a great and diverse crowd of people all gathered for only one purpose – to worship Christ.  All of them “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).  I have to say it was remarkable and uplifting.  It was encouraging to know that differences could be set aside in order to pursue God’s priorities.  To me it was the fullest demonstration of Christ’s prayer for His people when He prayed,

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21)

We so often hear of partisan bickering and divisions, arguments and even lawsuits.  Many have bought into an Us vs. Them mentality, but it seems to me that God is doing something new by gathering His people together in unity – not in sameness – so that the world may believe in Jesus.  This is exciting and it’s happening.  It’s possible and real.  And I think it will continue to happen, not only here but throughout our country and around the globe.  It’s time to be His Church, instead of our churches.  After all, as Paul says,

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all ” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

So, be encouraged.  Pray that this movement continues to spread.  Pray that it will break out in revival, that thousands and millions will come to know Christ.  And be glad that we are alive in this time to see this happen.

I’ve attached a link to a 3 minute video describing Jesus Loves Kalamazoo.  Be blessed.

http://vimeo.com/64135570

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2 responses to “Loving United

  1. You are so right – it is time to be His church, not our church and thank God I have found a church that follows this principle. We have people from all faith backgrounds in our church, worshipping together. I believe that all Christians should be united in one church. People will always be different and worship God in a personal way, and we should accept each other for these awesome differences and be able to discuss our views, not argue and split because we don’t all think exactly the same. But we should be following Jesus and the word of God in the Bible, not a particular religion and a set of rules created by church leaders. When we go to Heaven, I doubt that we will find a bunch of different religious groups or churches to attend. We will all be united there, so why are we separated here? It really doesn’t make sense.

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