GO YE… The Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
COME WITH ME TO “the old country church” of my childhood.
THE PENNY MARCH. Look at them letting “their little lights shine,” while singing, Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World.” See that little four-year-old going down with two pennies in his right hand and his little sister’s hand in his left. Watch him stop and give one of the pennies to her as he teaches her what giving is. But seein’ as how a penny is just a penny and the process took up at least three minutes time it went out long before big churches came in. It really would be impossible now with three hundred kids—but if it were a dollar-march, maybe so. I jest! The penny march was for missions. Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.
IT BOGGLES MY MIND that there were churches who did not (and perhaps, do not) welcome all of those colors into their churches. I find that integration of the church is true in spirit, law, and heart, but sometimes not in practice since communities still dictate to a large extent who comes to a local church. However, a quick scan of many large churches who draw from a large area, will show that many have succeeded in truly being integrated. That has been a change worth keeping!
JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN (AND THE BIG PEOPLE) OF THE WORLD.