January 8th, 2016 I posted an article in my blog under the Food For Thought Category, called “Diversities” and at the time it was more of something that had just struck me while watching a nature program and I thought of how the Lord uses diversity in the Body of Christ.
Since then, due largely in part because of the upheaval in the political divide within the United States (UNITED States, right), we hear so much about diversity, the importance of diversity, this political party or that political party is the party of diversity, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah!
I have been doing a lot of praying lately, probably more so than I have ever done, and not just for our country but for the countless lost souls, who say they are one thing, spiritually speaking and act AND speak like the exact opposite. I remember sitting in church(es) back in the ’70s and listening to prophetic speakers extolling the horrors of the end-times and I couldn’t imagine living to see some of what they were speaking about. Those that are still alive today, living through some of the things the Lord showed them are probably aghast at the LEVEL of blatant and open unrighteousness that is pervading our society today!
Since those days, I have seen what the Word of God has prophesied and have been “blessed” (cursed) with seeing a bigger picture globally than what I could have ever imagined as a young man! The longer you walk with the Lord, ups and downs, warts and all, that intimacy allows you to see the world from a perspective from the eyes of the Holy Spirit! Back then I couldn’t imagine how it could have gotten as bad as it is, but then even now, so very sad to say, it is nothing compared to what is just up ahead around the corner!
Now I’m not writing this to paint a picture of little to no hope, on the contrary, I am bringing out the truth of the current and upcoming situations to show that we only have ONE Hope! We should take great assurance in the fact that our Heavenly Father DID in fact forewarn us and has given us clues as to the imminent return of the Bridegroom, our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ!
As I stated in the previous article aforementioned, there is a grave difference between diversity and division and as with so many things concerning language usage, words and meanings seem to evolve if not right-out change. What used to be considered as diversity is now being thrown around to bring about division as if that rather than unity is a good thing!
That’s the problem with things in the natural, or secular world. In most people’s minds, the natural world and the spiritual world are two distinct and separate places. The Apostle Paul in the last verse of 2 Corinthians 4, the last half of verse 18 does state, “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” But he also goes on to say in the beginning of the following chapter, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1. These two verses, though separated by chapter marks are a continuation of one theme.
Yes, the natural and the spiritual may seem to be two separate entities, for one is seen, the other is invisible, yet in truth, they are BOTH part of the spiritual. The Apostle John wrote in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” God created the natural world from His spirit. Adam’s sin is what caused the seeming separation, the veil as it were, to be drawn shut, but the natural life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not just opened that veil, but tore it down completely. Noticed I said the natural life, etc., of Jesus Christ; even His resurrection, though spiritual, was a “SUPER-natural” phenomenon wrought by the Holy Spirit. He came in the flesh, He died as all flesh must, but He also rose again, in the incarnate flesh! That is so that we who die with Him at the Cross can also rise with Him as well. That is the spiritual promise, the spiritual assurance all those who ABIDE in Him are guaranteed!
But the world is blind to that. They are blind to that for one thing because they CHOOSE to be blinded to it. Oh yes, they have external help and it is help of a spiritual nature, but it is a choice none-the-less. Earlier in the same chapter Paul states, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. See, the Apostle makes a very telling remark in this, “who do NOT believe,” why CHOOSE unbelief? Because, “lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (remember, God, the Father is Spirit), should shine on them!”
If you refuse to see the truth, if you choose unbelief, that choice is based in some motivation! The motivation is so that they WON’T see the glory of Christ! Why? Because the god of this world has deceived them into believing it is not necessary. What you DO see, what Paul calls the temporary, they don’t believe it’s temporary. You know that old cliché, seeing is believing? Well we all know as true Christians, that the cliché is a lie and is opposite of true faith; Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Notice the writer says the SUBSTANCE, which IS something real and tangible, of things HOPED for. Those who choose to “believe only what they see” are actively abandoning hope and choosing hopelessness whether they are aware of it or not! If I can’t experience it with one of my senses, then it can’t be real, so the idea goes!
When you go back to the very beginning of the Bible, understanding that the Bible itself was given to us as a road-map as it were to the Character, Nature and Attributes of God Almighty and the way to regain what was lost through Adam, we see the theme of UNITY throughout. The whole reason the Father wants us to find our way back to Him, through His ONENESS with Christ Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit is so that as we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us, the ONENESS we then have with Christ allows us the same oneness Christ has with the Father to be with us! God Almighty, the Creator or all, who wishes to be our Heavenly Father, desires us to be one with Him!
This was not just Jesus’ mission but His prayer as recorded by the Apostle John; “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” – John 17:20-21.
The theme of UNITY with the Lord runs throughout the WHOLE counsel of Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation! This is the SPIRITUAL truth of God creating us and giving us the free will and ability to choose. He wants a creation that doesn’t serve out of some programed command, but out of a willingness to LOVE Him for WHO He is and not just for WHAT He can do for us!!
I know, at this point you might be asking yourself what this has to do at all with diversity. The world’s view of diversity is that your nationality, your ethnicity, your race, gender and sexual identification even make you SPECIAL! That is what the devil WANTS you to believe. Whites are superior, blacks and Hispanics are an inferior class of people, men are stronger, women are weaker or smarter, Jews are scum, Arabs are the chosen, etc., etc., and every one of these ideas is a lie from the pits of hell!!
This kind of lie has ALWAYS been divisive rather than unifying, ALWAYS and it goes back to the beginning with Cain and Abel! As a result of WHO was better, murder came into the world and it has been the devil’s calling card ever since!! Why are people so blind, so WILLING to be blind, to see the truth?! This was NEVER the kind of diversity the Holy Spirit has ever used or exemplified. The Apostle Paul, who himself lived during a time of such divisive diversity spoke vehemently about this in Galatians 3:28-29, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
IF, IF, we are in Christ, being spiritually reborn, then we are of Abraham’s seed, neither Greek, Jew, Arab, male nor female, and your STATION in life has no bearing either, in Christ Jesus!! Nope, no divisions there. Rather we are ALL one or in unity, in Christ Jesus! Of course I know, you are thinking and rightly so, yes, IN Christ Jesus this is true. But the whole world is NOT in, Christ Jesus! Yes!! That IS the point! If the world is not in Christ Jesus, than why accept their definition of diversity as if it is some great unifying principle? Why believe the obvious lie?
Will post Part Two later on