An Exceedingly Great Army – One Church – The Revolution – Ezekiel 37
One Church – The Revolution Begins
The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” – Ezekiel 37:1-3
We Are Broken
We’re broken, and we don’t even know it. We are amputated members of a potentially great and mighty body. As we exist in self-induced solitary confinement, we perpetuate a powerless existence caused by our isolation and separation from one another. We call ourselves the church.
Can’t we all just get along? Most estimates and studies I’ve found claim that there are approximately 20,000 cities and towns in the United States. Within those cities and towns, are nearly 350,000 churches across our nation. If I can put that into perspective, that indicates that there are about between 15 and 20 churches in each community.
It’s Like a Horror Movie
The magnificent and powerful body of Christ is now a collection of isolated body parts littering the landscape of our once Christian nation. It’s pretty gruesome picture, but just imagine one body in 15 to 20 pieces. Don’t spend too long because it’s pretty nasty, but that’s exactly what’s going on in the body of Christ.
In the coming weeks, I want to take an objective, challenging, and honest look at why we’re so divided, and ask the all-important question, “Can we unite again?”
Read the Bible. When God wanted to speak to a city, He didn’t write 20 letters to 20 different churches in every city. He wrote ONE letter to ONE church. “to THE church of Corinth” “to THE church of Ephesus” “to THE church of Galatia” etc.
Call me crazy, but I still believe the ultimate desire of God is for ALL of His people to come together and function as His body in this world.
Dysfunctional but Awesome
We are imperfect and flawed, but when we function as ONE, that unity empowers us to radically impact our world. I don’t have delusions that all of us will agree about everything and sing koombaya by the fire, but I do believe that a greater unity within the body of Christ is still possible today. The early church was united by the sole belief in the saving work of God through Jesus Christ. They certainly didn’t agree on everything though. In fact, much of the new testament is written in an attempt to bring resolutions to all of the dysfunctions and disagreements within that early church.
They were imperfect and flawed, but they functioned as ONE. This unity empowered them to radically change their world. The early church was an exceedingly great army that was impossible to ignore.
Just Imagine if Somehow We Came Together
For one second, just imagine the impact the church could have within your community if every believer came together and acted as one. In the passage at the beginning of this post, God took Ezekiel to a valley of scattered dry bones and asked him the question, “Can these bones live?” Today, I want to ask you a similar question. “Can the modern American church unite once again?”
If you’re sensible, you have to admit that it’s humanly impossible. There’s money, power, pride, and a host of other insurmountable obstacles keeping us apart, but what if…?
After all, wasn’t it humanly impossible for a valley of dry bones to come to life and become an exceedingly great army? (read the passage) And yet, that was the very thing God promised to do with the scattered nation of Israel.
For one second, just imagine the impact the church could have within your community if every believer came together and acted as one.
Impossible to Ignore
I believe that even though we are disconnected and separated like never before, I also believe that there is a Divine assembly happening in the greater body of Christ in America.
Through technology and through ministry minded people, we are seeing a unity happening within cities and communities that is greater than the walls of one church building. I believe we are seeing God re-unite and mobilize His disconnected body.
I’m convinced that He is once again breathing life into the greater body of Christ and calling the church to unite.
I think we will again see the body of Christ functioning through one church, and I believe we will be impossible to ignore. What do you think?
What would happen if all of the believers within a community united in common cause? I believe it’s possible, and this series of posts is created with that intention. It’s time.