“All”

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ALL

I’m persuaded, readers of this magazine (blog) agree that all lives matter. Long before the current political verbiage, having no recent agenda as the fuel, uninfluenced by media, Christians insist that all lives matter. All lives matter to God. All lives matter to Jesus, who died for all.

This conviction drives much of what we do. It causes local churches to dig deep to support men who take the gospel to places beyond our border and help the native preachers in those locations as well as here. It is fundamental to our belief that the child in the womb is human and worthy of our care. It has motivated thousands of Christians to fund adoptions or become parents to children in need. It is heard from our pulpits. It is central to the work of personal evangelism that reaches out to all. It keeps us from ugly partiality that is exposed in James chapter two. It motivates benevolence. It separates us from the hostile reactionary partisan isolation that cripples a cherished sense of community.

And, there is something really simple about this profound conviction. It is captured in the New Testament by a single word: ALL.

Truth Connection: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Tim. 2:1-4

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