The Cost of a Divided Body of Christ
I was on the phone this week with Tass Abu Saada – you might remember the story of how we met from our newsletter a few weeks ago (click
if you missed it.) Tass was a chauffeur to Yassir Arafat, a trained assassin who grew up learning to hate. His conversion story is one of the most compelling I’ve ever read. (You can buy his book,
Once An Arafat Man
, and I’d encourage you to
!) Now God is using him in incredibly significant ways to work toward peace and reconciliation in one of the hottest spots in the globe, the Middle East, for most of the last 4000 years!
And all of that might not have happened except that God chose to come to Tass supernaturally, instead of through His normal means, the body of Christ.
Tass, like many Muslims all over the world, met Jesus in a clear and supernatural vision. He writes about how he learned to love and worship Jesus before he learned that Jesus was Jewish! In order to keep Jesus, he had to
As Tass and I shared what God was doing in our ministries, we each affirmed how a divided Church is an immature Church, and how it takes brothers and sisters in Christ with radically different backgrounds than our own to expose our blind spots.
Then he said something that took my breath away… “If Jesus had come to me the normal way, through the Church, I would have rejected Him and walked away because of how divided the Church is. If it wasn’t for that supernatural vision, I wouldn’t be a Christ-follower today.”
Harmony Hub Contributor:
Dave Drum, Founder J17 Ministries