Divisions Need to Change

Sitting in Hardee’s for a quick bite to eat. Something had been haunting me for a while, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I had been here dozens of times, when it suddenly dawned on me.

The customers have unofficial assigned seating.

How’s that?

In general, white people sit on one side of the restaurant, and black people sit on the other.The middle is sometimes mixed. I’m sure no one told anyone to do this, but it’s just the way it’s always been done.

And do you think people change from one church to another?

Not usually, especially not from one church to another within the same community. We go where you’ve always gone, and maybe where our parents and grandparents went. We may not even agree with everything that is done and taught, but we stick with what we know.

And what about within the same church? We sit in the same pew, probably in the back. We shake hands with the same people, and serve in the same area (or continue to not serve). It’s just the way it’s always been.

But to see change in your community and  your church, you need to change. You need to change where you’ve always sat, and you need to change who you’re expected to talk to.

In order to change the way you do things, you need to change the way you think, you need a renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1-2). And in order for your thinking to change, you need the Spirit to change you from the inside-out (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Change isn’t always easy. But Change Is a God Thing. And we need to strive for racial reconciliation.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5)

**image courtesy of soopahtoe via sxc.hu

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