United and Disunited

United and Disunited

Sunday morning, we woke up the learn of one of the greatest tragedies in our nation’s history. Although it is being touted as the worst terror attack in our history it is fair surpassed by the African and Native Americans slandered at Rosewood and Wounded Knee respectively. This was not just an attack on the LGBT Community but an attack on America and what we stand for.

Within a matter of hours, the LGBT community rallied to come together and address the needs for blood and finances for the victims and families. To witness what happens when a group is united and has a single focus is amazing. It reminds me of the story in the scriptures of the Tower of Babel and the Lord stated there is nothing they can’t accomplish.

Unfortunately, what’s happening in the homosexual community is not occurring in the church. The church today is divided, littered with scandal, suffers from a lack of focus (what are we called to do) and dying as people walk away every day. Over a thousand pastors and Christian leaders walk away from the ministry every month. In addition, churches are closing at a record pace given their failure to adjust and address how to reach Generation X and the Millennials.

Churches no longer experience growth through new conversions given most growth comes from people transferring from one church to another. While in the past there were generations in the same church; today the average church member has been a part of at least three churches in the last ten years.

Before all the church people join to condemn me let me say this, is homosexual behavior sinful, absolutely. Is embracing homosexual desires an act of defiance against a holy and just God? Most definitely. But are homosexual sinners worse than those that come to church every Sunday but never come to Christ or merely masquerade as Christians? Not by a long shot.

As long as the church stays in a disunited state with pastors failing to stand for righteousness and members hopping from church to church through offense or even out of the church we will slowly continue our lack of influence on today’s culture. While we started as the culture of our nation and later becoming the sub-culture we find ourselves in the position of being counter culture.

What’s the solution? Unity. The scriptures say it much better than I ever could.

Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Whenever there is unity there was the anointing, whenever there is agreement, and whenever the people of God were on one accord, God showed up!

This is the Voice of the OverseerPASTORREID


About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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