Message 4                               Unity in Diversity

I love America!  Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.  But, Sometimes I think America has lost its mind.

We have become a nation of 2 and three year olds.  Parents you remember that stage.  There are called the “Terrible Twos”

Everything is either “GIMME GIMME” or “YUCHY, YUCH” and pushed away.

We seem to have lost our ability to tolerate others opinions or beliefs, much less LOVE THEM!

If we are going to remain together as a UNION then we must regain our abilities to TOLERATE, COMMUNICATE and LOVE!

Remember this?: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—“   ?

Our Constitutional rights guarantee we will be offended by STUFF!

It is unrealistic to think that EVERYTHING in our COUNTRY will be to our liking.

BUT, just because we do not like something does not mean it is YUCHY and must be removed from our presence.

If you do not like something don’t buy it, participate in it or support it.

I am a God fearing, Bible thumping, America loving, freedom promoting, Flag respecting, meat eating, 4 wheel driving, gun toting, military supporting, stand with Israel, Lone Star State living, hillbilly redneck, Constitution defending, Christian Conservative!

I am not the one your liberal friends warned you about because I LOVE YOU even if you are different, strange, weird…even AUSTIN WEIRD!

If you are not like me…OK…then you be you!  We do not have to be the same to be in harmony.

We need Good Sense in America Again!

We need COMMON SENSE in America Again!

We need GOD in America Again.

Proverbs 19:11 “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”  ESV

James 3:16-18 “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” ESV

Paul knew that living as Christians would be offensive to many, He preached anyway.

1 Corinthians 1:21-25 “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  ESV

Listen to this carefully:

Galatians 3:25-29 “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”  ESV

Christ died to remove all of those things that separate and divide us.  Jesus gave His sinless life so we could become One Family, The Family of God.

The Blood stained ground of Mount Golgotha, the torn Temple Veil, and the empty hillside tomb create a LEVEL PLACE FOR ALL in Christ Jesus!