Our country is centered around two documents. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both documents are at the center of our freedom as Americans. Both documents have their influence rooted in Scripture. However it seems to me that these two documents have done in the natural realm what the Church can not do in the spiritual realm. What I mean is this:
If we are a new creature in Christ (I Corinthians 5:17) racism should be eliminated. Yet Sunday morning at 11am is STILL the most segregated hour of the week.
We still fight about water baptism – Whether being sprinkled or immersed (dunked completely in water)
We still fight about whether speaking in tongues or the gifts of the Spirit is viable or even needed in the 21st century.
I could on and on with all the differences that we have. What I’m saying is that we have been divided into a spiritual “Sybil”. Having multiple personalities inside the same body (of Christ). Not to say we cant have different gifts and talents. What I am saying is that if we believe that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God, why don’t we act like it? Why don’t just do what the Bible says. If the Bible calls us to tithe why don’t we just do that? If we would just obey that, churches would never have a financial issue. The most common question about tithing would be this: Do you tithe on the gross or the net part of your income? Here’s the answer: You don’t negotiate your net salary do you? Tithe on the figure you do negotiate with your employer. We have so many of “factions” within the Body (Assemblies of God, Baptists, Methodist, Lutheran, Church of God, Church of God in Christ, etc.) all trying to go in a different direction. This is precisely why we can’t go anywhere and the world is laughing at us while we “limp” across America trying to proclaim that “Jesus is Lord”.
We must put aside our petty differences and unite under these three basic tenets:
1) That the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached and not your denomination so that souls are saved.
2) That the Bible is the infallible, immutable Word of God and unless God tells us that we don’t have to follow it (i.e. dietary laws found in Leviticus) we continue practicing what is found in Scripture.
3) That we steward the rights and privileges that God has given us.
It is only when our states (churches) are united that we can present the world the United States.