They’ll Know We Are Christians – Carolyn Arends
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord (repeat)
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
We will work with each other, we will work side by side (repeat
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand (repeat)
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land And they’ll know we are Christians by our love
These are the lyrics to a hymn I remember singing in church as a young girl. They came to mind as I was looking over some notes I took as I watched a documentary the other day. I was riveted by the scenes that played before me as the heart of God – His extravagant, relentless love was displayed in scene after scene of “Father of Lights.” Writer, Producer, Narrator, Darren Wilson grabs his camera and crew and takes us with them where we meet people committed to be the hands and feet of Christ. People who have taken Mark 16:15 and put feet on it. We meet Ravi in India who is awakened each morning at 4:00 and given his orders for the day by God, whom he calls Daddy and we follow him on the most amazing journey as lives are changed (I hesitate to be too specific because you have to see it for yourselves). God at work through man!!! We meet a family from the states who sold their home and gave away all of their possessions to move to China with their three small children in tow and no particular plan, except they heard from God; whose arms God chooses to be the ones to hug and care for children given away because of their “defects.” We meet a dude from PA with dreads and a whole lotta love whose story of love and boldness left such a smile on my face.
One of the quotes from this documentary slapped me hard across the chops…”Jesus didn’t tell us to point out what’s wrong with everyone; He told us to love; He did not want converts, He wants a bride.” Todd the dude with the dreads said it like this, “If people can’t see Christ in you, they don’t want what you have.”
This documentary shred me, leaving me in a pool of tears. Its beauty and rawness rang a bell deep in my soul…to be less critical, less judgmental, less quick to be “right;” less formula driven; less safe and to know more, be more, show more LOVE! Like a child who can’t help being like their mommy or daddy, who have a great hand in forming who they are, I am committed to getting closer to my Heavenly Father…my Abba in order to acquaint myself with Him…all of Him…in order to be more like Him. I want eyes like my Father to see as He sees; want hands like my Father to hold, touch and heal as He does; feet like my Father, in order to go and do all that my Father instructs me to do.