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No "One" Distinction

Date: August 6, 2019

To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.   Acts 10:43

I try to follow the news and happenings around central Illinois. We have a number of interesting dynamics. Although we claim it doesn’t, structural economic seclusion sits just below our local landscape. Left unchecked it runs amuck in the malaise of our lives. A five-minute drive is all the example we need to see the distinctions that currently prevail. The ingrained nature of two separate towns separated by one street distinctly permeates our everyday. Separate councils, committees, goals, and initiatives point to a perceived need for distinction. If we aren’t careful these distinctions can creep into the life of our church. 

Jesus labored religiously to overturn the spiritual and social segregation that existed in his day. The early church boldly adopted his mission and learned to debunk social distinctions and embrace an “everyone” mentality while proclaiming Jesus to anyone who would listen. No one was too far out of bounds. The Holy Spirit systematically broke down every single distinction Jesus’ followers could conceive of. 

“And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.”   Acts 10:45

As Christ-followers you and I know that we follow a God who provides no distinction. In a culture that preys on uniqueness, we are called to proclaim and demonstrate the oneness that only comes through Jesus. 

“And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.”  Acts 10:42

- Jason Sniff