CultureMar 07, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Last week at the 75th annual convention of National Religious Broadcasters, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren declared in a speech that the Church as we know it will not see the revival it so desperately needs without repentance and unity through addressing the sin of racism.
Citing the biblical doctrine of the Imago Dei, Warren highlighted where the Christian community needs some serious help: "Friends, we’re failing at unity. The Church is more divided, more polarized, there are more tribes, and more splattered, more fractured, than ever before."
“They were in one place, they were of one accord, they were of one heart, they had one purpose, they had one vision…When we have the unity of Acts, we’ll have the power of Acts,” Warren continued. ”We’re just not willing to pay the price for Pentecost. We’re not willing to set aside our petty differences and unify around one thing: the Lord Jesus Christ.”
While racism isn't the only hurdle to overcome to achieve a unified Christian church, Warren noted, it is a major issue in his crosshairs. He recalled convening with a group of other pastors after the race riots in Charlottesville to discuss what could be done, saying, “…we’re not going to have revival if 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in America."
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