First and foremost I consider myself an American Indian [not a NATIVE AMERICAN but someone who’s parents were originally from India, but live in America], next I consider myself a *insert state name*-er. Then I consider myself a “insert town name”-er, then it goes down to my school, then my group of friends and on and on. To some extent I expected the concept of my “nationality” to not be so easily defined, but my religion? I was once naive enough to think I was a Christian and nothing more.
I learned early on that I was not only a Christian, I was a protestant, then a pentecostal. I hoped at that I would be no longer be divided, but there are so many more divisions in TYPES of Pentecostals, so much more that continue to divide and divide endlessly.
I may be stupid to ask this but why? The crusades had made NO SENSE to me because people were killing each other because of their religion, although all of their religions taught love.
I can find so many verses about how we are supposed to be together, but yet we remain divided in such frivolous ways.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness
Today I urge my readers to stop the division and unite.
See you Monday, [I’ll be at a retreat, but I’ll still do posts daily & later post them]