Strike a Match

We have been talking about striking a pose. Now we are talking about striking a match. That match is for the kindling of fire; not unlike the fire that fell upon the upper room at Pentecost. On that occasion all of the voices chimed together, speaking the same thing in a harmony, as every nation under heaven heard what was being spoken in their own cultural dialect.

John Winthrop; a Puritan preacher, preached a message based on the “Sermon on the Mount” and later quoted by President Ronald Reagan. In simular fashion to the writers of the Declaration of Independence  which wrote God inspired words too great for their contemporaneous understanding, a message that still stands as largly unfulfilled.   

“We must love one another with a pure heart fervently. We must bear one another’s burdens. We must not look only on our own things, but also on the things of our brethren… We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities. …We must delight in each other; make others’ conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body”. “America as the “city upon a hill” Sermon” John Winthrop 

These words speak of something far greater than a specific denomination race or class of people. Regardless, the Puritans worldview was quite tilted toward a narrow view of who was loved by the creator. In this country,  the same Continental Congress wrote “All Men are Created Equal”,  also allowed the enslavement of people of African descent. For the most part, it is in a person’s heart to achieve the right course of action toward their fellow members of humanity.

 “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly”. Proverbs 20:27 King James Version (KJV)  “The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves.” Proverbs 20:27 Good News Translation (GNT)   

Simon Peter ran onto this impasse when he had declared the identity of Jesus as the Christ in Matthew 16:16.  Nevertheless, in the very next breath, Simon Peter began to rebuke Jesus when Jesus spoke of going to the Cross. Simon had rationalized through the  wordview lens of his humanaty and theology.  In the same way, the conscence knows the difference between right and wrong. However, when we try to rationalize these impulses with influenced backdrop of the cultural, theological or tribal venere of our humanity, we take a perfectly clear and virtuous thought and corrupt it. 

There is a truth that emanates from our creator, which cannot be reconfigured to fit into our pretty little Norman Rockwell image of reality. Nor can this truth be repackaged and exploited in divisive carnal ideologies of; left vs. right, rich vs. poor, black vs. white, etc.  This philosophy is being rejected whole heartedly by a world that is deeply seeking truth.

 It is time to strike a match once again, to kindle the warmth of God’s love that burns for unity and allows us to shine together, as we continue the conversation of “Building the Bridge Together”

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1.

4 Responses to “Strike a Match”
  1. T says:

    You are so right, It is time, time to shine together as God intended us to!

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