Google+ 02/21/14 We Are All God's Children!

Leviticus 19:33-34

 

“Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land.

Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself.

Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt.

I am the Lord your God."

 

In part eleven of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" Moses shares God's heart about "foreigners."  Some of you reading this devotion today may think I have completely lost my mind.  You may be thinking that we are supposed to be be talking about how to share God's love.  Why this topic and why today?  As a pastor of a very unique church, there is one theme that I hear more than any other.  The people who come here to worship, watch our shows, or attend our evening meals are all too quick to share with me how they have been hurt by "Christians" in churches.  For many of them, this is their first sojourn back to a house of God.  Many are cautious and some are absolutely sure that, no matter how kind and loving we are now, we will turn on them as every other Christian organization has in their human history.  So Moses tells us that when "foreigners" arrive and live amongst us, we must treat them like they are just like us.  Are you kidding?  How could we do that?  After all, they are nothing like us and certainly not as holy!!!  Moses also reminds us of an extremely important fact that we seem to constantly forget.  Before we accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we were foreigners too.  It is only by the love of God that we became residents of God's Kingdom.  It is only because of God's grace that we are saved.  What if someone had excluded us?  What if God would have said, "Sorry, my heavenly church is full and you aren't dressed properly!"  We would have been excluded from eternal life.  Christian denominations, by their very nature, are more excluding than including.  God's first church in Acts wasn't Baptist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, or Roman Catholic.  There was no need for any of these labels.  People were just commanded to love God, accept Christ  as their personal Savior, and love each other.  Why do we need titles when they simply divide and don't unite?  The next time we find a "foreigner" in our midst, let's do what Moses instructed.  Let's remember one simple, central fact and claim the only identifying title that matters.  "We Are All God's Children!"