United We Stand; Divided We Fall

At this point in the game, not much shocks me. We’re basically living in the Twilight Zone so I’m fairly used to things being upside down. However, with the recent announcement that Columbia University would be having 6 additional graduation ceremonies based on race, ethnicity and income status, I was nothing short of flabbergasted. Of all the asinine ideologies resurfacing, I genuinely never thought literal segregation would be one of them. It’s in the name of bringing together certain people groups…but I thought the push was for equality?! So why the separation?

This is only the latest example in the Divided States of America. Race and social class wars have been in the forefront for years but now it has a close competitor in COVID-19. We are now being pitted against one another as maskers or anti-maskers; vaxxers or anti-vaxxers. What started out with an overwhelming media push is now ingrained in our daily lives. My husband recently told me that his co-worker spent Easter alone because one side of his family wouldn’t allow him over because he wasn’t vaccinated and the other side wouldn’t allow him because he chooses not to wear a mask. This is now commonplace. Through fear-mongering, families have been separated. Isolation is encouraged. The powers that be are using the desperation of those who’ve been alone for the better part of a year to coerce experimental treatment for a virus that has a 99% survival rate.

Long gone are the days of respectful disagreements or healthy debates. You cannot share your opinion, or even just live your life, without being labeled as for something or anti. You can no longer mind your own business; you are promoting an agenda, by your own choice or not. If you choose to forego a mask, you are a selfish anti-masker who doesn’t care about grandma. Conversely, if you do wear a mask, you are a hypochondriac liberal sheep. Both are likely inaccurate, unfair assumptions.

While we might expect this level of animosity in the world, the reality is that it has seeped into the church in a big way. At the beginning of the plandemic, President Trump asked for a 2 or 3 week period to ‘slow the spread,’ in which churches closed their doors. Mine, included. We were asked to extend the lockdown for a few more weeks, which we did. Then, when it became very apparent that it was no longer about a virus, our church re-opened it’s doors. Others have opened as well but there are many that are still closed. It’s been over a year, y’all. That is heartbreaking to me. While technology can be amazing, watching a virtual service simply isn’t the same. Don’t misunderstand, God can and will meet you wherever you are, but the gathering together of believers is essential. Hebrews 10:24-25 is clear. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Matthew 18:10 says that where two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, He is among them. We NEED the presence of the Lord. Even as the churches are re-opening, the controversy continues. Do you require masks? Do you push the vaccine agenda? It is a constant battle, and I’m certain it will be throughout the rest of our days. There will always be an overarching agenda to cause discord.

You have to know that this is by design. This is so far beyond red states vs. blue states, Republican vs. Democrat, science worshippers vs. science deniers, etc. This is the work of Satan. All of this division is to serve his purpose. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” It is abundantly clear that Satan is working overtime to create chaos and division in our land; especially within the church. He wants us to be distracted by the many man-made global crises. If we buy into the fear-mongering and propaganda, our focus is not on Christ and we fall right into the trap laid by the enemy. Ephesians 2:2 calls Satan the prince and the power of the air, meaning his presence is throughout the Earth. Just as God uses those who are faithful to Him to spread His gospel; Satan uses his followers. Why do you think child trafficking is so prevalent? Why is sexual immorality thrown in our faces daily? Why are there mass casualty incidents that always seem to coincide which a political agenda? We must ask questions. We must consider the source in every situation. If it isn’t glorifying Jesus Christ and furthering His kingdom, we must abstain and remain steadfast in Him.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the ‘new normal.’ The ‘new normal’ is meant to destroy you, not prosper you. Jesus Christ became the ultimate sacrifice so you could have abundant life! He did not die for us to cower to fear and chaos. We are called to live boldly in His truth only. He is faithful to sustain us in the midst of uncertain times when we rely on Him. We will only ever be united as one body through Him.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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