We hear a lot about the walls surrounding the New Jerusalem. We hear all kinds of things about the gates and majesty of this new city. We rarely hear about an element to this city that often gets me just as excited. We rarely take about a quality that is absent in heaven. We rarely talk about the walls that are missing.
It’s not surprising really. We don’t hear it being discussed because it makes too many of us uncomfortable. Walls provide security. They give us boundaries. They provide a clear definition of territory. Neighbors have fences to clearly outline where one person’s property ends and another’s begins. Walls provide identity.
We don’t discuss this though, because where we are going these walls are absent. We have done so well here on earth to build these nice big walls. The walls of the Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Assemblies of God, etc. These walls make us feel more comfortable. They are a clear way to distinguish the differences between us.
We are in for a surprised in the new kingdom. There are no walls inside the new kingdom. There are no fences to spate neighbors form one another. There are no districts to separate people of opposing views from their earth life. It’s going to be a melting pot.
Some of you may be reading this and thinking this is not that big of a deal. Unfortunately I feel this will come as a shock to many in Christ’s church today. It would be like in the days were racism ran rampant in our country and a white man found himself being forced to live in the same house as a black man. It would throw him off. He would think it is wrong. He would believe it was justifiably unethical.
Denomination hatred is the churches new racism. We’ve built these walls to clearly distinguish from each other. Don’t dare go across those walls. It’s unacceptable according to your district. We are all in for a shock in God’s kingdom.
The hope is that this attitude is slowly changing. We have generations cropping up who see the folly in this method. We have old leaders hungry to unite as God’s church to bring change to this world. We have people in these churches who want to make everyone their neighbor including those of opposing denominations. We have people who are ready to tear down these walls.
“Mat the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 15:5-6.