It’s time to unite and join with Christ and with one another to go into our flooded communities, cities, and nations and rescue people!
On August 26 Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. For the next 2 days the sky opened up with a deluge of rain. Bayous began to crest, streets began to flood, and dams were preparing to burst. Over 15,500 homes were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. What happened over the next few days and weeks was nothing short of amazing. Churches from around Greater Houston converged and united to help provide relief and aid to neighborhoods damaged by the flooding. Black churches united with white churches. Hispanic churches united with Asian churches. We saw Christians from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds unite to rescue people displaced by the ravaging and often toxic waters.
So at a post-Harvey pastors’ gathering, one pastor said this, “this probably sounds weird for me to say this, but it’d be neat if Houston would get hit with a Hurricane Harvey regularly so that the church would unite like this on a more regular basis.”
In fact, Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 tell us that a hurricane of cosmic proportions has hit our world. We’ve been hit with a spiritual, cosmological hurricane or typhoon called sin and rebellion (Genesis 3). Our world is flooded by sin. Racism has flooded our cities. Injustice has flooded our country. Dysfunction has flooded our homes and families. And the casualties and loss are staggering.
In fact, we face a daily hurricane. We live in a world flooded by sin and its effects. Sadly, rather than united, the church is divided. Divided along ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and political lines. It’s time for the church to unite. Our world has been hit with a flood. Our world is being ravaged by sin. Thankfully, Jesus Christ is the Rescuer. It’s time to unite and join with Christ and with one another to go into our flooded communities, cities, and nations and rescue people!