In the fall 2013 issue of Enrichment, Zollie L. Smith Jr. writes:
As we can attest, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people” (Proverbs 14:34). The righteousness of the Church is the answer to an oppressed people. Jesus’ prayer of unity on behalf of the Church has become my focal point, and I am more committed than ever to see it fulfilled.
The challenges we face in America are going to require the services of every Christian becoming unified in the war against sin. We must clothe ourselves with the garment of love and reach out to the lost in every people group by showing grace and being Good Samaritans — that none perish. When we mobilize as one, with each member doing his or her part, nothing can stop us.
The Church is the property of Jesus Christ, and He has grown it with quality, gifted people: the laborers added by God to work in the fields, and the gifted equippers given by Christ to His church to train the workers to build the Church through reconciliation. God reconciled the world unto himself through Jesus Christ. He commissioned the Church to go into the world and share the good news that Jesus has provided the way for them to be redeemed and restored.
Read the whole thing here.