Summary: Part 4 of a 7 part series on walking by faith and not by sight. This part deals with unity (with God and man) as evidence of the walk of faith.
We will continue our sermon series on “The Walk of Faith” this morning with the fourth part. We
have discovered that a true walk of faith is a new walk, an honest walk, and a loving walk. Today, we will
examine the idea that the walk of Faith is a Unified walk.
America is talking about her enjoyment of a greater sense of unity now than any before in my
lifetime, and according to many twice my age, in their lifetime. We have rallied around our flag in
defense of “freedom.” However, as I have said once, I’ll say again, we are “missing the boat” in our
definition of unity. We have rallied around our flag, and unified under a single purpose - defeating
terrorism. We, as a nation, take pride in our diversity, while our enemy seeks to destroy us for it. But
our history books have been re-written today. My history books don’t tell of a nation that was formed to
celebrate diversity. That came later. Diversity was NOT the basis of founding our nation. Don’t get me
wrong - I’m not saying we stand opposed to diversity of background, but I AM saying that the common
ground on which our nation was founded was NOT the celebration of diversity. Rather, our nation was
formed so people of Christian faith (whatever their background) could practice their faith without
persecution and external controls. Their purpose was to spread the Gospel, not contain it to further
“diversity.” The founding fathers of our nation, extending back to our land’s discovery, had a different
country in mind than exists today. They recognized the sovereignty of God, His providence, and the
Savior’s desires for their life was good enough for them, come what may. Today, however, we are no
longer free to stand for solid, traditional Judeo-Christian values. We are no longer free to proclaim that
Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to heaven, and through Him, the ONLY way to genuine peace with
mankind.. We are unified under our flag, but our flag today stands for freedom FROM religion, not
freedom OF religion. Our flag now stands for freedom to pursue unrestrained pleasure, not sacrifice and
goodwill toward our neighbors. We have neglected our roots. Our roots are changing as a result.
As a nation, we have misunderstood this freedom for which our founders fought and died. We
have forsaken our faith in Christ as a nation in exchange for “freedom to do as we please,” not realizing
that we are truly free in only in Christ. As a nation, we claim to be “Christian” when it suits us, but when
it restrains us from doing as we please, we turn our backs on Him. We, if we were truly Christian, would
not be this way. As a nation, we are destroying ourselves at a faster rate than any terrorist organization
could hope to do, and we aren’t even aware of it. We are destroying ourselves with philosophy and vain
deceit, killing ourselves from the inside out. We do it by selling drugs, by encouraging the use of alcohol
and nicotine use, buy shooting one another and by killing our unborn and elderly. We destroy our
neighbors by allowing them to ruin their own lives as they please through homosexuality, financial
bankruptcy, adultery, and divorce while we silently turn our backs, saying to ourselves, “to each his own.”
We allow one another to destroy himself by practicing all sorts of deceptive things like lying to people
and calling it good. Many of us have built amazing justifications for our sinful ways, and so begin to call
our ways “Good.” However, God warns us of those that call evil “Good,” and good “Evil.” I would say
that if we were to ask God whether there was truly unity in America today, the answer would probably be
a resounding, “NO!” We continue to sin. America has not returned to God, for we are encouraged to
resume our lifestyles as before the attack a month ago. These practices, which have not changed after
the attacks, divide and tear apart. They are simply more subtle than the horrendous approach taken by
those that attacked us directly. They are equally horrendous and cost more lives each year than any
terrorist activity on earth. Yet we are not outraged at these things. Why?
READ COLOSSIANS 2:4-8
Neil Orchard was talking with a farmer about his soy bean and corn crops. Rain had
been abundant, and the results were evident. So his comment surprised him: "My crops are
especially vulnerable. Even a short drought could have a devastating effect."
"Why?" Orchard asked.
He explained that while we see the frequent rains as a benefit, during that time the
plants are not required to push roots deeper in search of water. The roots remain near the