I appreciate the writings brother!
I ask you to consider these words, and as you think on them let the Holy Spirit speak to your Heart. The acts committed on that day were done in the name of God. I have seen that same mentality, hatred, and distrust among Christian people from one Race of people and denomination to another.
Not long ago a man that I love as a Christian, ask me to come visit him, actually it was more than an invite, it was more like a heartfelt plea of a friend reaching out to a friend for fellowship. He is the kind of friend that every time he greets me he sheds tears of joy and almost squeezes the breath out of me.
A few years ago, I did some things that caused a company I was affiliated with to buy a very large amount of equipment from him and they have continued to do so, and more than likely it will continue for many years to come. It just so happened that the market for that type of equipment was very slow and still is. The day I approached him to make a deal, I had many choices as to where I could go, and I was the one that would make the final decision on the purchase. We are talking about several million dollars, and has been millions sense then. For him it was a gift from God, and Poppa was the delivery boy.
While in the process of bargaining and doing the deal, I discovered he was a Christian and I shared a poem I had written. And we talked about the love of God. It seems that he shared it with coworkers at his company along with his general manager. That particular company surprisingly has a lot of Christian folks employed there. Several are preachers and Poppa picked up a built in fan club!...Can you say Amen?
When making a deal of that size there are always details, details, and more details to be worked out, so I made several trips to their offices. Every time I drove into the parking lot someone would greet me and tell me they had read one of my poems or articles, and how much they enjoyed it. I often wondered if it was because of the business I brought to them or did they genuinely like what they read.
On one occasion while I was in my new friends office, several of the employees gathered, so we moved into the conference room and made coffee. As we conducted our business the conversation turned to religion, not on my part, but first one then the other would bring up a question to me about my affiliations in the church world. What did I believe about this or that, what did I think about this denomination or that one, what did I think about Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Charles Stanley, Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, A.A. Allen, Jack Hyles, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Marcus and Joni Lamb, Paul and Jan Crouch, Do you approve of the way Jan Crouch dresses and wears all that makeup? Are you filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues?, Do you believe in once saved always saved?, do you believe in progressive sanctification?, are you post-tribulation or pre-tribulation?, what day do you believe is the Sabbath?..Do you believe Catholics are saved?.... I was overwhelmed and amazed!..I was told they argue like that all day everyday..They thought they were being spiritual, and they were...but not with a Godly Spirit...they were in the flesh. They were sincere, but sincerely wrong... and hell loves it....I could see where this was leading and I was grieved in spirit.
The general manager was one of those in the room and he is one of the preachers there. I told him if he wanted me to address all this, He would need to ask the receptionist to hold these folks calls for about 30 minutes. He agreed, and I told them a burro parable...I happen to be very fond of mules and burros, they remind me so much of the people of God!...Can you say, Hallelujah?
An elderly man was traveling with a boy and a burro... As they walked through a village, the man was leading the burro and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal's back...When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal's back and continued on his way...In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again...In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the burro because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the burro down the road!.....Do you get my drift?...Sometimes we, (the church) frustrate people so very much with our know it all critical attitudes the last thing we see of them they are carrying their "Donkey" on down the road, and happy to not have to listen to our opinions and dogmas!
I have always believed even though many theologians do not agree, every word in this bible has been given to the church chocked full of spiritual goodies that will help us as we journey through our time on this earth. When I say church I mean every individual that makes up the body of Christ. I also believe, Every Promise in the book is mine, Every chapter, every verse, and Every line. I am aware that many theologians are carnal minded and will never see the spiritual treasures tucked away therein. I don't care how many DD's, Phd's, Dm's. Md's or Copd's they have for qualifications. Mind you, I am not talking about all students of the word. I also know many that are filled with knowledge, wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
Consider your self to be fortunate if you are blessed with a pastor that really sees the spiritual meaning and significance of the scriptures.