What if 2020 is the year that God begins to judge whether or not we as believers truly long for His appearing? There is no question that the Church has been complicit (either by commission or omission) in some of the evils that pervade our culture. Perhaps not in this generation, but history is replete with examples of “christians” who violate every principle in God’s law.
That churches are still largely segregated speaks volumes to the systemic complicity of the Church in regards to the “isms” of modern culture: racism, sexism, ageism, classism. The question now is, what happens now?
Enough has happened so far this year that believers must consider the message God has for us. I believe He is trying to rouse the Western Church from its malaise and take up the mantle of the gospel with the same fervor as our Eastern and African brothers and sisters. But before we can be effective as teachers and ministers of the gospel to the world, we who are Christians must first come together in unity across cultures, ethnicities, races, social economics, preferences, and whatever non-essentials currently divide us.
The Church changed the world when believers were united by the work of Jesus. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Maybe 2020 is the year we begin to see who we really are so that we can begin to heal the Body from within.
Pray, listen, and reach out across everything that divides. Be part of the great work of reconciliation and unity so that together we can share God’s great love. Then we will see the salvation we long for in the fulfilled promises of the Lord.