It's not very often that I have an "urge" to say something on my mind to everyone... but, I've got something to say.
In this world of social media we live in, there is an opportunity for words to be shared exponentially. Instagram is a place of visuals followed by comments/opinions/encouragement/discouragement/emojis etc.. I have learned that at the end of the day, none of it matters.. BUT for the first time ever, I was truly hurt by a comment someone left on our ONEpeople.community Instagram. It's deleted. You couldn't go look at it if you wanted to but that's not even the point. I would just like to explain my frustration and what I learned- this is what happened:
-A very rude, negative comment was posted on picture that included my grandfather, Kenneth Copeland (I am assuming the comment was left because of our known, extreme belief in God wanting us to be healed, whole, and prosperous- but who actually knows).
-I click on user's handle to check out their profile just to see what this person was all about.
-According to the images displayed on their account, this person was all about Jesus.
-This made me so sad.
Why does this make me sad? Because, WE are all about Jesus too!! At that moment I experienced, first hand, the reason the world says, "Christians are the most judgmental."
-I attend a Hillsong United Concert at the American Airlines Center here in Dallas that same night.
-I witness 18,000 people proclaiming, "Jesus," in worship and praise.
-I witnessed thousands give their life to The Lord that night.
That night was a defining moment for me. Why? I had a true realization of a few things... There was no way all 18,000 of us agreed denominationally (no, I don't think that's a real word). We stood in awe and praised the Name of Jesus, and the night ended with thousands receiving Jesus as their Lord. I truly believe the reason it felt like Heaven came down on Earth, was because Heaven did come down on Earth. Acts 2 says, when they were in one place in one accord, Heaven came down. "One place, in one accord..." It was obvious during this concert that the person next to me couldn't care less what "denomination" I belonged to. I don't think it bothered anyone that the person on their left may dunk when they baptize and the person on their right may sprinkle when they baptize. And at the end of the day- those things don't get people into Heaven either. Jesus. Jesus gets people into Heaven. Believing that He died on the cross for our sins, rose again as our savior- that's what gets people into Heaven.
It is my opinion that, if us as "Christians," could focus on that one thing- Jesus- Heaven would fall down on earth much more often and people would be saved. That's what made the thousands of people lift their hands that night of the concert to receive their new Savior- they were experiencing Heaven on Earth, they were experiencing Jesus.
I'm not mad at that person for commenting on the photo. I can't be. It's satan's goal for the spirit of division to take place between us as believers.. not that person's. I do think all of those details are important because I believe God wants us to live to the fullest, don't get me wrong. But I'm not going to keep score between my friends because we don't believe the same doctrine- that is exactly what satan wants.
All this reminds me of the reason ONE was placed on our hearts to begin with- so we could be ONE in our faith- not doctrine- but faith. That's the only way we will win the lost.
Remember: ONE PLACE, ONE ACCORD = HEAVEN ON EARTH.