Removing the Religious Boundaries
and Learning to Accept Diversity!
Follow peace with all men, for without holiness, no man shall see the LORD!
As I was meditating upon God’s Word, He began to talk to me about diversity!
According to the dictionary, ‘diversity is the condition of having or including people from different ethnicities and social-backgrounds that are different from yours!’
He began to convey to me that we as the people of God, are called from all walks of life and cultural differences and in order for us to coexist as a people, we will have to learn how to respect and to love one another.
He said to me that everything we do is not a sin, but it has to do with the culture and the background we live in and come from!
For example, some people eat pork, but some do not. That does not necessarily mean that they are not sinning, because you do!
He said that many times, we as a Church, spend too much of our time arguing about things that will not bring about salvation, but rather division in the body of Christ!
And, not only that, many are fighting over things like, should I celebrate Christmas or Easter, because of the traditions and the cultures that we live in.
The LORD said that to celebrate these holidays is not necessarily a sin, if you believe in them and you do it to honor him!
But, if you do celebrate and believe that it is sin, then you do it out of unbelief. Then it is not to the LORD, so it becomes sin. Oh help us Holy Ghost!
“To him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.”
Meaning, we are to put away this foolish arguing and bickering among ourselves, just because you feel that person is weak, because they are partaking of something you feel, is a sin.
For, He said that,
“….. one believeth that he may eat ALL things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth NOT judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.”
COME ON SOMEBODY! Meaning God has received us both and he shall be the one to judge me regarding my traditions and the cultural beliefs that I have; as well as the foods that I eat.
He said that,
“….. one man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
If you believe that it is nothing wrong with you sitting down at the table to celebrate Christmas (Easter) and it’s tradition (sharing gifts with your family/ allowing your children to have fun by giving them Easter baskets etc.) then that is not a sin; and should you not be judged for it.
However, if you believe it is a pagan holiday, then you are not the worst! God has received you both!
Now, do I have right to force my beliefs on the weak sister or brother who does not believe? No, I do not!
“He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the LORD; and he that regardeth not the day, to the LORD he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the LORD, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the LORD he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
I hope somebody is catching this, because for years we have told folks they are not saved, because they have traditions and cultures they follow and we do not follow them like they do!
And not only that, but we have put them under bondage and in captivity and told them, “If you don’t live like me, or train your children like mine, then they are pagans and worldly.” That is not true!
God wants His people to be happy as long as these traditions and other cultures do not violate His word!
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the LORD; and whether we die, we die unto the LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD’s,” (Romans 14:1-3,5-8 KJV)
I sure hope and pray the body of Christ is listening!
Jesus did not come to condemn (judge) the world but he came to save it from sin! God has made all foods and everything he made was good, but if you eat in offense or take a Holy day and make it Holy and follow that day unto the LORD; God will accept you like he does the person who does not! (Genesis 1:31).
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the LORD, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”
If it offends you that me and my family partake of certain foods like chitterling, and or Christmas or Easter, we will not eat or invite you on that day.
But just because you choose to eliminate these things, you are no better than me, or i you!
“I know, and am persuaded by the LORD Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: BUT TO HIM THAT ESTEEMETH ANYTHING TO BE UNCLEAN, TO HIM IT IS UNCLEAN.
But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Let not then your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” (Romans 14:10-17 KJV)
God is speaking and we as a people, must learn how to break down barriers that keep us from becoming judgmental, critical, religious and wounding others in order to keep the peace among us!
~ Apostle Geraldine Fisher
Apostle Geraldine Fisher has a World-Wide-Social Media Net-Work Ministry. As a Missionary, God moved her into the Office of a Prophet, revealing to her the qualities of a True prophet, humility, humiliation, loving others, interceding in prayer, as she keeps her own life clean to accurately hear from God. Since hearing the audible voice of God calling her to ministry, she’s been called to intercede and pray for others in ministry as God speaks, instructs, directs and gives prophetic words for her to give to others. God promised He would bring her to sit and to learn before great men, all of which He did!