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During my recent trip to Cuba, I had the privilege of preaching at Cuarta Iglesia Bautista (Fourth Baptist Church) of Santiago de Cuba. Focusing on Romans 12, one of my main two points was about how we are together the Body of Christ. I noted how Baptists in the U.S. and Cuba need to know each other, hear from each other, and learn to suffer and rejoice for each other.

(photo credit: John Jackson)

As we celebrated Pentecost today, I thought of my brothers and sisters I met in Cuba - and those I've met in and from other nations. On Pentecost we celebrate that the gospel message goes out in every language, making us one. On Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the church that transcends borders, crosses walls, and goes global.

That's a message that remains quite timely in an age where people stir up hatred against people based on their nationality or argue we need bigger walls to keep "other" people away. Citizens of the Kingdom of God should live out a different politics because our fellow members of the Body are on the other side of those boundaries and borders. 

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