Joy Night 2016: An Embrace of Kingdom Diversity – A Celebration of Christian Unity

 

There is an anointing that God is releasing within the body of Christ. We are using the term “anointing” as a recognition of the action of God giving supernatural grace and abilities to certain individuals, or to the Church as a whole, to accomplish a specific mission.  This anointing for unity is an answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17, that we would be “one.” Christian unity has been under attack since the beginning of the church, but God is releasing understanding and and power that breaks the yoke of discord and division. Joy Night 2016 was a demonstration of what can happen when the people of God are moved by this anointing. God allowed me to recognize the gift God has given Dr. Corinthia Ridgley Boone, Founder of the International Christian Host Coalition (ICHC) and to see that she has been faithful to the cause of unity for many years.

 

God is now calling others to pick up the torch and receive such an anointing. It is the pursuit of the full meaning of the family of God - True Christian Unity. It requires the embrace of all members of God’s family; no matter how different they are. We are called together to embrace different forms of worship, different cultures, people from all age groups, and people from all socio‐economic groups. We must begin to intentionally engage with people that don’t look like us, act like us, sound like us, or move in the circles we move in. There is an equality in the body of Christ that allows for each of God’s children to worship God together in harmony. And the sound that is produced is something we have yet to hear. It is a heavenly sound. The sound of many voices joining in with the choir of heavenly angels. It is the sound of freedom.

True Christian unity can only be achieved by moving beyond acceptance into truly embracing all the different parts of body. This is what brings diversity into the body. Diversity does not naturally take place; it must be intentionally pursued. The enemy understands that kingdom diversity is the gateway to true Christian unity and he fights it more than anything else. But, there is an anointing that breaks the yoke. God has given the church the power to defeat the enemy. AMEN! We must first acknowledge that there is a problem. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that 11am on Sunday mornings was the most segregated hour of the week. This comment was made during an interview on Meet the Press in 1960. Still today nearly 86% of all churches, according to Lifeway Research, are made up of predominantly one racial group. Here is Dr. King’s full statement:

I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies, that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hours, in Christian America. I definitely think the Christian church should be integrated, and any church that stands against integration and that has a segregated body is standing against the spirit and the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it fails to be a true witness. But this is something that the Church will have to do itself. I don’t think church integration will come through legal processes. I might say that my church is not a segregating church. It’s segregated but not segregating. It would welcome white members. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., interview on Meet the Press, April 17, 1960)

“But this is something that the Church will have to do itself.” What a powerful statement, given over 55 years ago, but still true today. Integration is the intentional process of coming together as one body, in one accord, and as one family. Integration is God’s mandate, not man’s. The strategy of segregation is division and discord in the body of Christ. And the enemy has been successful thus far; BUT THERE IS AN ANOINTING THAT BREAKS THE YOKE! This anointing breaks down our biases towards other people groups and brings healing on the inside from the pain of racism, sexism, ageism, classism, etc. It unites us through love and allows us to walk together, speak with one voice, and worship as one church embracing each other’s differences and the uniqueness of the body of Christ. Joy Night 2016 was an expression of this type of God glorifying holy embrace and celebration of the family of God. And God is calling us to receive this anointing and walk in it as we move forward together in ministry.

Josh Robinson, Sr. Pastor, Good Hope Church, Washington, DC, http://www.goodhopedc.com/

Date: 
Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 13:15
Name: 
Josh Robinson, Sr. Pastor, Good Hope Church (DC)