This past couple weeks has been a whirlwind. So many things are going on in the political world, church world and my personal world. I was listening to a song from Bethel today and it talked about “A love that erases all the lines and sees the truth.” I keep reflecting on this phrase and trying to figure what it means to me. Erasing lines….society and even the church has created more and more lines over the years. The lines between race, gender, religion, political views, economic levels and many other things have been around but, I don’t remember them being so defined in my life. It is like the gap gets bigger and bigger each year. I would like to say that all the lines are drawn by political officials (honestly they don’t help much) but, I really believe the lines are growing because the church is not helping or stepping up to help. What is the church called to do? Here is what Ephesians 1:4-14 says;
4 “just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.”
God has called the church to lavish grace as God did. The church is called to forgive as God does. The church is called to make know the mysteries of Jesus Christ and the understanding of redemption. All this happens with no lines drawn. Drawing lines between race, religion, gender, economic status, or other only prohibits people from experiencing the love, the redemption and riches of grace that God pours on each person. This is a season and a time for all people to radically step up and share the love and light of Christ in this world. This is a time and a season to say no to the status quo. This is a season and a time to be change makers and LINE ERASERS. The church is called to rise up with the hope that Christ gives in glory. So here is my plea…..no more division, no more hate, no more violence, no more lines. Let’s learn to love and lavish grace as Christ did through His own life.