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Rejoicing Even If Your Country Is Falling Apart

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on the book of Habakkuk.


Binding Up The Wounds

We are a nation that has become increasingly divided. There is division everywhere you look. Political parties are fractured and their constituents are fighting. People of different ideologies are bickering. People of different colors and ethnicity are against one another. Even the church is divided, which breaks the Father’s heart.
But what if…
What if the church could clean house and do away with division and fighting?
What if the church could stand as one in the name of Jesus to combat hatred and discord?
What if the church could shine the light of Jesus into the darkest corners of our country and show the world His love?
What if the church could bind up the wounds of a divided nation and demonstrate what true unity looks like?
What if we could be one church under God so as to lead America back to being one nation under God?
Jesus’ prayer was that His people would be one.
May we, as His people, strive for unity in essentials, liberty in opinions and charity in all things so as to let the world know that Jesus is Lord.


The apostle Paul’s greatest desire for the Philippians was that they would be one in heart, spirit and mind. It would bring great joy to him. He wrote:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)

Imagine what would be possible if a church family could come together as one to work together in unity. What would happen if a group of God’s people could be one in love and purpose? What would happen if your church was one in spirit and mind? Instead of fighting with one another, they would be contending for the souls of people. Instead of complaining about not getting their way, they would be focused on more important things. The apostles of the book of Acts were united and God used them to change the world. Imagine what would happen if your church was united behind loving God, loving people and sharing the good news about Jesus and His love. Just imagine that…

Harmony In The Church

Paul wanted the Philippians to be one in Spirit and in faith. He wrote:

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. – Philippians 1:27-28 (NIV)

Division is one of the enemy’s most powerful weapons against the church. If we are fighting one another, how can we fight against the enemy? When we fight against, bicker with, gossip about and slander one another, we forget our real enemy – the devil. We need to work and strive together to share the good news of Jesus. This is how we conduct ourselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” We have to work together in love and harmony for the sake of Jesus. When we do, we’ll show the world that we belong to Him and that His love can conquer anything.

A Simple Command

One of the last commands Jesus gave to His disciples was a simple one: Love one another. He told them that the world would know that they belonged to Him if they did just that. Evidently, this is what the apostles taught everyone as they shared the good news of Jesus with everyone. John says:

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. – 1 John 3:11 (NIV)

In the church, love has to be primary. We need to love each other in the church. If we who come from so many different backgrounds and have so many reasons to be divided can learn to love one another, we demonstrate the power of Jesus to a divided world. If we can be united in Christian love, then there’s nothing we cannot do. Love makes the world take notice. Love changes lives.

One In Christ

In the family of God, we believe that God has made us all in His image. He says:

Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. – Colossians 3:11 (NIV)

Paul said something similar in Galatians 3:28 (NIV):

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The things that could divide us should instead remind us that we are all made in the image of God and are one in Christ. We could be divided along racial, social, financial or gender lines as much of the world is today. In the church, however, the One who unites us is much more powerful than that which could divide us. Let’s commit ourselves to unity in the church because it will speak volumes about the power of our uniting Savior to a very divided world.


The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-26.

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