When It Is This Simple, Psalm 133:1

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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1, NIV

Father, we are so thankful for the love that you shower us with.  Help us to be givers of love, peace, compassion, and mercy.  Let us love, as we have been loved.  Forgive, as we have been forgiven.  Reconciled unto each other, and unto you, joining hands as a family of adopted strangers brought into Kingdom.  Let us seek peace, unity, and community.  Let the Holy Spirit convict our hearts over the sin that stains our love, so that our eyes are opened to our own iniquities and that repentance is on our tongue.  Diminish pride, let us be humble before one another, offering our sincerest apologies and accepting others with grace.  Let peace and love be the banner we wave during such troubled times.  In Christ we pray, Amen.

Recommended Reading and Resources

Bible Study:  The Bridge to Racial Unity,  Be The Bridge Ministries

Book:  UNITED by Trillia Newbell

Book:  The Gospel for Life: Racial Reconciliation

Articles:

3 Reasons Why Racial Reconciliation Should Be a Church Priority

Call to Prayer During Anxious Times

Stand Fast When the Race Conversation Turns Hostile

Race, The Gospel, and the Moment

What Now in Charlottesville?

Racial Reconciliation, The Gospel, and the Church

A lot of great pieces on The Front Porch

PODCAST:

White Supremacy is Spiritual Bondage

Stigmas: Race with Kaitlin Curtice

Stigmas: Race with Edrin Williams 

Stigmas: Race with Deidra Riggs

Please feel free to add resources that have been helpful to you in the comments!   * We are moderating comments on these posts, to ensure that we protect our community.  

 

 

Has Much Really Changed?

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Ecclesiastes tells us that there is nothing new under the sun.  So true.  Hate, prejudice, bigotry, racism… it is not new.  Sin is not new.  Ecclesiastes also tells us that was has been done, will be done again.  We should bear not surprise that these sins still run rampant.

This picture, was taken in 1992.  Twenty five years ago.  I look at it and I see Charlottesville 2017.  Things really haven’t changed that much, not in the heart.  But the boldness, perhaps has displayed itself in unprecedented ways.  The hoods, cloaks, and shadows are withdrawn, sin is exposed.

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For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. ~Luke 8:17 

Sin is out in the open, and with it has come a reckoning.   Parents and friends are seeing faces splashed across the news, their children and loved ones displaying their hate for the world to see.  Those secret things hidden in hearts are being confirmed as sin stares us in the face, desiring to make us meek and hide in response.  But let us not be meek, but BOLD as we stand up for what it good, honorable, holy, and righteous.

Creator God,

We pray that these wearisome things, that weigh us down… that seem too big or frightening to tackle down, let us see them diminished in to the shadow of your greatness.  Your word is true, that which has will be again.  We cling to that as a promise that Jesus will come again and overcome sin and death, destruction and division; standing victorious over his foe.  Lord, we ask for you to protect the eyes, ears, and hearts of the little children so that they may not be turned by the words of hate that others teach them.  Let them find joy, peace, love, and goodness in You.  May they have eyes to see, the way you see.  May they look upon all of your people, regardless of the color of their skin as sister and brother, created in the imagine of our Precious Father.  Bind the serpent that hisses in their ears, for he will be crushed once again.  Sin was here before my time, our time… but our future remains.  For you know the plans you have made for us, that is the future we await… waiting and yet praying LORD JESUS COME!

In this darkness, let us be light.  In a sea of hate, let us be love.  In a crowd of fists, let us be an embrace.  Let our churches and homes become a city on a hill, refuge for those who need safety, a fortress against oppressors, and a battle ground of prayer.

In Christ’s holy name we pray,

Amen.