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Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Church International

I am currently watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing. With thousands in attendance, it is, like the opening ceremony, quite a spectacle. There is much to criticize in connection with the Olympics. But it should serve for every Christian as a reminder of what the Church is, and in a grander way should be in our day, not to mention what it will one day in its fullness be. It is and will be a body composed of those from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We American Christians can be so provincial, considering ourselves to be, like the self-righteous Pharisee, superior to the rest of the world. We need to remember that there is nothing good that we have that God hasn't given to us. For that matter, if we continue on our present path, He will no doubt be taking some of those things away from us, and giving them to those who show themselves to be faithful to Him. If the Chinese church continues to grow as it has been doing, it may well be receiving those blessings, and even become the center of Christendom.

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