Christ came to tear off those stickers with faith labels written on them. He calls us His people and knows you by your name and not your religious denomination.
I was born into an area entrenched in bigotry between roman catholics and protestants. Sent to separate schools, I knew little about the RC worship. I actually made critical comments and I had not even been in a RC service other than for a wedding.
Today, for the first time in my life I was kindly asked along by my RC neighbour to her RC church. My eyes were opened. My assumptions (given to me by people and the custom of my old town ethos and let's not forget my own acceptance) were wiped out in one short service. I was impressed by the verbalising of prayer; teaching on the Holy Spirit; educating on binding and loosing prayers and also on the knowledge taught about both demons and angels. I really liked speaking out the prayers and how people are taught to regularly confess sin. A tremendous reverence and attention are given to the cross of Christ which we all bow before.
He went through dreadful crucification for all people.
God said to the prophet Daniel 9;4 'O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with all who love Him and obey His commands'.
I am so very glad that I went along today and personally challenged that bigotry I held inside. I learned a lot that I can and will use in my own personal prayer life. Thank you all there who invited and welcomed me.
Christ came to change this and I am glad that I have changed my opinion. A simply visit was all it took.
Lord, thank You that by Your Grace, You accepted me as I was when I first came to you bigoted as I was. This was because of culture but also because I had no knowledge or understanding of the roman catholic faith. Thank You for forgiving me of this now. Amen.