Sermon on Genesis 11:1-9 and 12:1-3
Unity in Diversity:
The God of The Nations
November 24, 2019
Poldark illustration on George Warleggan’s understanding of African anthropology, in court defending slavery.
May I commend to you the mahogany trade. Who among us has not benefited from such a valued trade, which would not be available if certain members have their way? The felling, processing, and transporting of the precious commodity is filthy, backbreaking work. Made possible because those who labor in its forests are happily more robust. Less sensitive to pain than you or I. The esteemed professor Carl Linnaeus asserts, the breed Africanus Niger is a breed apart, eminently suitable for hard labor,
His views endorsed by the worthy Edward Long, colonial administrator, believes that the entire Africanus Species is characterized by bestial manners, stupidity, and vices, had no redeeming features, and so the most humane thing to do is control it, and give it useful activities to engage in. Let us then be cautious of the sentimental view of slavery which is sometimes espoused in this house. The fact is slavery is a necessity, for our economy, for the preservation of our colonies, and for our supremacy of our nation in the world.
But then there is nothing new under the sun.
Take this quote form the last century for instance:
“I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.” [Adolph Hitler, Speech, Reichstag, 1936]
He also said…
“I have followed [the Church] in giving
our party program the
character of unalterable finality, like the Creed. The Church has
never allowed the Creed to be interfered with. It is fifteen hundred
years since it was formulated, but every suggestion for its
amendment, every logical criticism, or attack on it, has been
rejected. The Church has realized that anything and everything can be
built up on a document of that sort, no matter how contradictory or
irreconcilable with it. The faithful will swallow it whole, so long
as logical reasoning is never allowed to be brought to bear on it.” [Adolf Hitler, from Rauschning, _The Voice of Destruction_, pp. 239-40]
Let no one tell you that no one people group surpasses another. Nor let anyone hint even I sarcasm or joke the supremacy of any one nation at the expense of another.
As God looks upon the world of blue and green God sees the pain and is in it. God leaves us not to our own devises. No… God sends a savior. Emmanuel whose birth we soon celebrate. God with us.
God called to Abraham centuries before his birth.
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
And all of scripture promises that all the earth shall be blessed by his descendent, Jesus Christ, whose entire ministry was to do what humanity was intended to do from the creation of humankind = to bring humanity together under a common cause…to glorify God and reflect God’s image.
I close with this verse from the contemporary preacher, John Piper
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
In the culmination of all time, God hall have God’s way. All humanity united under a common God.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9–10) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9–10)