“A New Revival”

“When the day of Pentecost had come. .and suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. . .” Acts. 2:1-2. 
 
We talk about differentg cultures in our  country. We all are involved in various cultures and some dominate our lives.  The culture of war seems to dominate our country, the culture of violence dominates our streets. I believe that there is another culture that if we let  it will domninte our lives will transform them and the world–the culture of Pentecost. The early Christians were brought together in unity and love with the coming of the Holy Spirit.  For the calling of Penetecost is that of love–for it is by God’s grace that we are saved. When we claim that culture, when we experience and own it we stand up to the lie that God will fail, we stand up to the lie that God is a divider of people, but proclaim and live out that God is a God who loves diversity, who reveles in diversity–in all of the colors by which we were created, in our sexual diversity–gay/straight, bisexual, transgender, and in all of the religious expressions of belief in God–Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Brahmin and so many more. Pentecost calls us to the commitment of the transformation of the world in his grace. There can only be unity within diversity, and God in Jesus is asking us to bring this diversity and it will onoly make us richer.
 
And it starts with each one of us in our lives–to make a decision in our own little space in the universe  to change everything that keeps us from taking the next step.  The next step in bringing diversity, the next step in bringing unity.  Recenlty an individual asked me why I lived like I do–simply, sparingly–and my response is that it is my way of bringing unity in diveristy, in changing the culture around us. By living simply I signal to the world that I do not buy into the ethics of money and power, and that we all should live equally so that all may have enough; by lving simplyI signal that I give of my access to those who need it, and that if we all did that there would be no hunger, no homelessness, no lack of health care.  We are called to begin a revival of the Spirit in our lives, and in so doing God will transform the world. Each of us are called to a new revival of the Spirit in our lives.

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