NATIONAL IDENTITY, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 12/30/20 From Ken Smith<><
When a boy in the 7th grade in Tonkawa, Oklahoma my dad was a Sargent in the Army and stationed at a German prisoner of war camp in the area. They were placed on trains in the East Coast with painted windows so when they got off of the 2-3 day ride they had no knowledge of where in the world that were. During that time I wanted to join the Boy Scouts and get a belt with all of the patches. For initiation the other scouts pants the other initiates, they could not get my belt buckle loose (Army) and hung their paints up a 30′ flag pole and tied the rope so very difficult to get down. That was the end of my Boy Scout Identity. And there were other things I joined like lodges and churches and choirs. Seems like the world is full of stuff to join good or bad. The reason for this is there is power in a united identity. Back in the Old Testament the universal formal National Identity is shared with us by Moses in Gen. 11:3-7 concerning Babel. “3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. So they had brick for stone, and slime (bitumen) for mortar. 4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top reaches into the sky, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have [a] all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of the whole earth, and they gave up building the city.
This portion of scripture is very interesting for me for it shows how strong unity can become for either Good or Evil. Notice that God said, “Behold, they are one people and they have [a] all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. “ So God split them up and they could no longer work together. So guess who also knows this truth of God?
So also notice how the enemy has managed to divide the church into many denominations so that little of what God wants to do can come to pass. John even recorded the only prayer we have and it is about UNITY. John 17. We would rather agree to disagree and walk away then to in LOVE find God’s real Truth and in that Truth and the Word of God find loving unity and power. Over and over and over I find ministries and ministers who love their denomination but don’t love Jesus enough to study that prayer in John 17. In fact, in the my life as a Christian for 65 years, I have never heard a sermon preached on John 17 as a prayer of Jesus that our Heavenly Father will surely answer.
Our country has been deeply blessed in the past due to the basic essentials of the Christian faith being buried deep in the fabric and foundations of the people in our nation. However, today, the Church is fully under attack and doors are permanently closing all over the Country due to this attack. And why. “Divide and Conquer.” There is no basic unity. The lack of unity in the churches in China added to the take over by atheistic Communism. The same effort is coming against the U.S. in this election. Many do not at all see the big picture of what is happening due to us Christians being asleep at the switch. And if we are going to win our Country back from Socialism we are going to need to see it for what it is and find a solid UNITY in God’s Truth.
Due to our lack of concern for the lost , and our friendship with the world system eventually Jesus is seen in Laodicea Rev. 3:14 as being on the outside of HIS own church knocking to get in. But it does not need to happen today. In the middle of the Great Tribulation the antichrist has great power to deceive and no one will be able to buy or sale without his mark on the right hand or forehead. Rev.13:17. So eventually he will win but perhaps not today. And when he does there are strong indications in Holy Scripture that the Church will already be gone. So if you want to be more able to stand against the enemy of our souls we must also yield to finding God’s Pure Truth in Loving Unity. We must see that there in no place in God’s Truth for division. That differences are really great opportunities for love and finding more of God’s Truth and Power. In pray in John 17:20-23 Jesus prays for us: “ Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, 21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. 22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: 23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. This is extremely important, consider the Unity factor of John 17 for POWER, No Unity, NO POWER. GLORY here means POWER as in John 2:11 WATER INTO WINE = POWER Notice also that in 17:22 That the Glory/Power comes with finding Unity. Want to see God’s Power to save, heal and deliver, Find God’s Loving Unity with others in HIS Truth.
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