GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 569 • October 3, 2020
BLESSED BE THE TIE THAT BINDS OUR HEARTS IN CHRISTIAN LOVE.
Can love, Christian love, be the antidote to racism?
You might want to get your hymn book out and sing John Fawcett’s song “Blessed (or Blest) Be the Tie” – it bears in its first verse the words given as a title to this essay. Hopefully all six verses of the song will be available in your book for you to sing. It emphasizes what we share as Christians: mutual woes, burdens, sympathies, hopes, and expectations of perfect peace, love, and friendship in heaven that will last for all eternity. It emphasizes the value and power of *the fellowship of kindred minds* that keeps us *joined in heart* even when we have to be apart from each other – a pandemic disease is not the only separation and social distancing we endure in life. Continue reading
For some reason a lot of people have no problem singing about the love of God for all the children of different races but things seem to change when they look at adults.
The truth of the matter is that the only “race” God is concerned about is the one we’re called to finish as his people! (2 Timothy 4:7)
Marshall Keeble once preached about the wonderful way that God could take a white egg and produce a black chicken. There’s a thought for you.
And I’ve often pointed out that cows of all colors have no problem living in and sharing the same field. It’s amazing to me how an ignorant animal can get past the color barrier but “intelligent” people run right into it!
Peter got it straight when he told a Roman solider, family man and truth seeker, “…In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)
Red and yellow, black and white, Jesus died for all in his sight because he doesn’t only love all the little children of the world – he loves us stubborn adults too.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,…” (Matthew 13:47)
People believe what they have been taught in their world. If someone is raised to be conservative or liberal, that is usually the path they will take. Someone will need to be educated to how to think and see things in the right perspective.
God’s Word allows us to change worldviews and to see things in a different way. We cannot expect that to happen to everyone by osmosis.
When someone does not have any interest in Christianity and never opens a Bible, they will have beliefs based on their past and knowledge.
People grow up in a tribe that practices cannibalism and then later learn a better way and change. If they were so suspicious of the missionaries who visited them that they would never listen, they would remain savages all of their lives.
If we are not careful of how we express our political beliefs, we can close doors that can never be opened again. People can legitimately be believers in a political party and what it stands for because it fits the way they were raised.
If we will show a better way with love, gentleness and empathy, we may be able to approach them with the gospel as well. We use Scripture to address moral and ethical issues rather than attacking the candidate we disagree with.
In this current presidential climate, considering the President is a different race than many voters, this is especially important. The more people attack the man, the more hardened his supporters become. Their belief that people hate Obama because of his race is rooted in generations of prejudice and racism. Seen in that light, this attitude is more understandable.
Unless people wake up to this reality, they will always be confused by the hostility of others.
My article today is about respecting the office of the Presidency regardless of who is in office. It is extremely important that Christians lead the way on on this issue. We are commanded to honor and pray for the President. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts on this matter, as well as my article.
The Hare and the Tortoise is one of my favorite fables:
The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge anyone here to race with me.”
The tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”
“That is a good joke,” said the hare. “I could dance around you all the way.”
“Keep your boasting until you’ve beaten,” answered the tortoise. “Shall we race?”
So a course was fixed and a start was made. The hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the hare awoke from his nap, he saw the tortoise nearing the finish line, and he could not catch up in time to save the race.
The moral of the story: Victory does not always belong to the swiftest runner, but to the runner with the most stamina and self-control: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/01/07/running-the-race-of-life-every-day/
In my first year of preaching, I baptized a young Black man and one of the White men in the congregation actually said to me, “Do you think he understood what he was doing? You know their brains don’t work like ours.” That man is now deceased. I sure hope he repented of his hideous racism before it was too late.
Poll Question – Will you vote on my blog, please? “Do you worship with a racially diverse congregation?”
I wonder if Blacks ever turn their heads, look all around and whisper when they say “White,” like far too many White people do when they say Black. It annoys me so badly when I see Whites do that!