1 John 4:20 (AMPC) 20 If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [[a]in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
I was up until 2:00 in the morning praying. As I was praying it wasn’t a scripture that kept coming to me but the pledge of allegiance. As I mulled on the pledge of allegiance I realized there’s a phrase in there that says “One Nation Under God” That phrase is what I feel God has compelled me to write about this morning.
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
We certainly are not united in our country and this nation has removed God in every possible way. It is now optional to say the word God in the pledge of allegiance. The division in this country right now is not a black thing, a white thing, a cop thing, a gun issue, or a political issue. What is happening right now is not only a division issue but also a condition of the heart issue.
Psalm 19:14 (AMPC) 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.
It is so easy to follow our emotions and our opinions and freely share. In fact the Facebook newsfeed is filled with strong opinions – most of those opinions show division in how we feel about the current state of our country. We need to wise up and realize the devil is using hate and divisions to destroy our country, our churches, and our hearts.
1 Corinthians 1:10-11 (AMPC) 10 But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.
As a church and people of the church we need to come together – not as people of color or white people, but as a people standing united against any kind of hate.
I am urging each one of us to continue to pray for the condition of our country and for each of our hearts that we may understand the love of God and the love God has for every person on this earth. I urge you to please stop and think how God feels about a situation and see if that aligns to your opinion about the situation.
It is time for us as a church to stand united against any kind of racism and hate that exists in this country. I will end today by asking you to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.