Want to beat bigotry? Have a common bond that is higher than skin color, culture differences, age, or heritage.
2 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse [they will lead you astray],
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways [they no longer look beyond the surface],
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil [their minds are warped],
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways [they are like their father, the devil].
Wicked men would have us believe that people are different in character and worth because of skin color (we all come from the same set of people: Adam and Eve, and then Noah and His family), nationality, political standing, social position, and the amount of wealth one has, all of which are only surface circumstances. King David had the right idea by choosing to bond over something bigger than any of these differences:
63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow Your precepts. Psalm 119:63
If we choose to be friends with all who love the LORD, then verse 64 comes true, too:
64 The earth is filled with Your love, LORD; teach me Your decrees. Psalm 119:64
The world gets darker because people of the dark just get darker. But, we have the cure for darkness: the Light of Christ! He shines in us and through us. If we pray for those who are caught in darkness, maybe the LORD will send His Spirit to convict their hearts and revival will break out in Washington, D.C. or New York or even California! But, we must pray!
Let us pray:
- That God would convict OUR hearts of sin and show us where we have compromised with the world–and then repent!
- That the LORD would move in our very own Metroplex, and that He would begin in BWBC.
- That we would be brave enough and wise enough to get on our faces before God and ask Him to use us as His instruments for revival.
- That we would set aside everything that divides us and focus on what unites us, or rather, Whom, who is Christ.
May we wait patiently upon the LORD and “seek His face with all our hearts (v. 58)” and maybe He will send His Spirit to fall on us as it has in days past. It’s not too late for OKC, for Oklahoma, for America, or for the world. LET’S PRAY!
Abba, I join with my brothers and sisters in Christ to look beyond our differences to unite in our common ground–at the foot of the cross. We have “one body and one Spirit, just as we were called to one hope when we were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6. So, LORD, may we come together in Your name and in Your power to do something extraordinary, which is unite in prayer for revival in our land. “Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me.” Amen.