As I was preparing my lesson for this Sunday, I was watching a video on RightNow Media by Pastor Eric Mason on Race, Justice & the Church; and as I am continuing to process all that he said, I am continually blown away and challenged by his words.
No matter what we are experiencing in this life, COVID-19, racial injustice, etc., we still find ourselves left in a moment where we must respond. We cannot sit back and remain silent about how the trials and struggles and tensions of this world impact us to our very core. We must be a people of action. We must be a people who are led by the Creator of all things who commissions us to speak justice, love mercy and to walk humbly. We cannot sit back while other human beings, no matter the color of their skin, are suffering due to injustice. We must lean in and listen. We must be present to hear what may very well end up being uncomfortable conversations. We must SEE with Christ-like lenses and not culturally grown lenses.
As we experience life, moments occur that lead us to see life and do life in different ways. COVID-19 has challenged us to adapt to a life where we cannot be around people like before. Going forward, I do not know how life will be, but I know it will be different. Just like things will be different for the Floyd family and so many others. Let us create a new way of responding to difficult seasons like COVID-19 and horrific situations like that of racial injustice. May we be intentional in taking the right steps to stand up for all of humanity and to listen to all of humanity, so that, we can be one in Christ. May we not be spiritual actors or hypocrites. May we be a people, who claim the title of Christian, be those who speak in loving ways and listen intently, so that we live life together in this life and in eternity.
Think about it. Pray about it. God bless.