My Top Secret Job. Years ago, I joined the Air Force and was recruited to work for NSA which cleared me to do “very secret stuff”. I was told the communists had my picture on file and to keep my mouth shut. Scary stuff? Not a bit. I sat at a desk for 16 months where nothing happened. Borrriiinggg! Not one juicy secret came my way. Unlike Snowden, I had not even one bean to spill.
Today lots of folks are in a lather about my old boss violating their constitutional rights to privacy. By the way, did you know privacy as a right is found nowhere in the constitution? I looked it up. So, I got to wondering. Do these folks have a bunch of secret skeletons stashed away in secret closets somewhere?
God’s Secret is Out. God had a secret, but no privacy issues. St.Paul, playing the role of Snowden, leaked it for us all to read. God has now revealed to us his secret plan:…At the right time he will unite all things together in Christ… we, [His body, the church] are united with Christ already…chosen by God as His advance team…. God has put all things under Christ…for the benefit of the church…His body, made full and complete by Christ. (Eph 1: 10, 11, 22, 23, Our translation)
The Unity of God: Can we say anything more profound about God than what an ancient creed declares; “Hear O, Israel: the Lord your God is One. (Deut. 6:4 KJV).This word one does not refer primarily to monotheism. in Hebrew, one is echad, the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 2:24 :a man…. is united to his wife, and they become one (echad) flesh. One means united, like when we say in our pledge, one nation, under God:.” We are many states, but one nation. God is three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God, blessed trinity, in perfect union with himself.
According to the inspired apostle, God’s ultimate intention is to reconcile the whole universe together as one. It makes perfect sense. He is one and wants to bring His creation into unity as well. He does so through the Son and we, Christ’s body, play an important role. God was in Christ, reconciling the world (kosmos) to Himself [and] we are His ambassadors… (2 Cor 5: 19, 20, KJV)
The World is a Mess. Every night on CBS, NBC Fox, and Cable we see how terribly divided all society is. Muslims fight non-Muslims and other Muslims. Hinduism and Islam are at odds, rich and poor are too; whites and blacks have racial tension. liberals and conservatives hate each other. Even the sexes battle, as seen in our high divorce rate. According to St. Paul, God intends to change all that through His son, Jesus Christ and His body, the church.
What’s our job? The Christian church is called to be His witnesses. (Acts 1:8). We are God’s hand-picked advance team, called by Him to model to the world His ultimate intention of reconciliation. We are His earnest deposit to unbelievers of what is to come. In his last will and testament, Jesus orders us to demonstrate this unity among ourselves by the way we treat each other. (John 13:33, 34; John 15: 12, 19) “Love one another, love one another, love one another, love each other, love each other.,,that the world will recognize you as my disciples.” (Our translations)
Five times he repeated it. But we don’t seem to get it.
To reinforce his command, just before his arrest, Jesus pleads with the Father in similar fashion, “Lord, make them one, that the world will believe.” (John 17:21, 22) KJV
Three times he repeated it. But we still don’t get it.
The beloved apostle repeats Christ mandate, concluding: And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (I John 4:21, NKJV)
John reiterated Christ’s command four times and STILL we still don’t get it.
In the mind of God, we are one body, but down here on planet earth we are terribly split off from each other. Thousands of denominations and groups world-wide compete with each other. Baptists alone are divided into over 100 organizations. Local congregations rarely cooperate. The major cause of our splits is interpretation of Scripture. Doctrinal wars have ravaged us since the 3rd century, through the Reformation, up to our present day. The old hymn declares, “we are not divided,” but sadly, we are.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? MUCH. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO INTERCEDE FOR CHRIST’S CHURCH AS HE DID:
Lord, forgive us; have mercy upon us. Heal your estranged people, Please restore us to our former greatness and bring us home again, to each other.