If you were here early this morning, you may have seen a post, which has now been reverted to draft. Only up for a few minutes, there was nothing wrong with it, because you’ll probably see it again next week. But I didn’t want to miss a timely opportunity to respond to the events in Charlottesville this weekend.
In the church, I am not one to hold on to things just because we have always done them that way, but I regret that in many circumstances we have abandoned the great hymns of the church, for it is one of those hymns that has circled through my brain in the last couple of days.
“In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.”
Written from Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Originally written as a mission hymn, Dr. Michael Hawn calls it a “great hymn of Christian unity for the 21st century.”
Another verse reads, “In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, all are kin to me.”
“All are kin to me.”
Priscilla Shirer calls her ministry Going Beyond. I remember her telling a story in one of her Bible Studies about how God goes beyond and beyond on our behalf.
Well folks, these days, I believe God is calling us to go beyond and beyond to heal the hurt in our land and in our hearts.
It’s a time to make an extra effort, and sometimes it begins with the little things like a smile, holding a door, extending a hand as we would with our own family because all are kin to me.
Sometimes it means speaking up for our kin.
We don’t need a geography book to understand we all have the same beating heart. Because in Christ, there is no east or west, and he is the pulsing life that makes us one.
So, today, I am humming under my breath and praying for my kin.
Join me, will you?
Related: At the Table of Brotherhood