A Picture of Glory

A local church is in the midst of a leadership crisis. Since I am a member of a church that suffered a bitter split four years ago I can remember all the sleepless nights and all the worry and anxiety that came along with it. God worked it out for good though, as our church righted herself, called a strong pastor and is in better shape than ever. I give God all the glory!!!

Having been through the turmoil I am burdened for this church and am going to commit to pray for them. While the issues my church faced were spread through whispers and gossip in the community, this church is much bigger than mine and their issues have caught the eye of the local media, sadly.

Just this morning an article appeared in The Montgomery Advertiser concerning the problems. Since the Advertiser allows readers to make comments I read a few of those too. But I was dumbfounded and profoundly saddened when I read this one:

Frazer is one of the churches that cater to non-Whites by having services in other languages and teaching English to help water down the influence of Whites in this town and country. Churches are supposed to ministry to their communities – not destroy them by encouraging race-mixing.

What kind of person could have possibly made a remark of that nature? A comment so vile and divisive that it is right out of the Jim Crow south of 60 years ago.

I doubt the writer of this evil statement will ever read my words but if they did here is what I would like to say to them. Read the scripture and know that it is the Word of an Almighty God. John under the influence of the Holy Spirit writes in Revelation 7:9-12:

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and {all} tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches {were} in their hands;

and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and {around} the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, {be} to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Isn’t that a beautiful picture!!! People of every tribe, tongue, and nation, bowing together in perfect obedience to worship God!!! And having been cleansed of our sin once and for all, we can gaze at our brothers and sisters through clean and untainted eyes and see only a fellow saint.

I want to be brutally honest here. I have struggled with prejudice in the past and still do to some extent. That’s due to being brought up in the South during the time of integration, but mostly from my own sin nature. But God in his grace has allowed me to overcome much of that, albeit not perfectly.

A few years ago we attended a birthday party for one of my children’s friends and I happened to notice that my wife (a Caucasian lady) was sitting on the sofa with a Hispanic lady, and African-American lady, and an Asian lady. The remarkable thing about this is they were all laughing and giggling together in perfect fellowship with one another, unaware of the picture of glory they were representing.

In May 2008, God gave me another glimpse of glory. I went on a mission trip to Japan and was tremendously blessed to sing Amazing Grace in English along with some local Christians who were singing it in Japanese. (Men of every tribe, tongue, and nation.)

If we having true saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, one day we will stand with the saints in glory, men and women of every tribe, tongue, and nation, around the throne, divided no more, but washed clean by the blood of the lamb. We will be able to see each other as God sees us, without prejudice, without preconceived notions, and without the blemish of sin coloring our thoughts and deeds. What a glorious day that will be!!! Maranatha!!!!

To the person who wrote those horrible remarks I pity you. I pray that God lifts the veil that Satan has put over your eyes so that you may see that our God is the God of all races. We will worship together in glory. It cannot be wrong to worship Him together on earth. In fact, it may be wrong not to. And I pray that this local church is blessed as much as God blessed our church in the midst of troubles.

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2 Responses to “A Picture of Glory”

  1. Wow. What a wonderful post. 🙂

  2. debeyepps Says:

    Mojo…there is nothing in this world like singing hymns and worshipping with people speaking another language. You can do nothing else but be reminded of “every tongue, every tribe, and every nation” and look forward to glory even more.

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