I’ve been moved in recent days to prayer and intentional action related to racism and multi-ethnic reconciliation.
My conviction is rooted in my belief that every person is created in the image of God and my broken heart over recent injustices, which has led me to reflect on a pattern of systematic injustices that have happened in our country over many decades.
I am praying King Jesus will bring healing to our communities as His people become first responders with His compassion.
I shared a message on May 24, 2020 for our Oakwood community called “From Generation to Generation” from Psalm 78 as part of our series called Reflections on the image of God.
I am praying King Jesus will bring healing to our communities as His people become first responders with His compassion.Tweet
Though this message wasn’t specifically focused on racism, the topic of multi-ethnic reconciliation is so important for us to engage in together in light of the image of God!
For those from a majority culture who are struggling to track with current conversations about racism and reconciliation:
I wonder if it would put things into perspective if we applied the same line of reasoning that some use to dismiss this important issue to other matters of justice and ministry that you may be passionate about like suicide prevention, mental health support, human trafficking, homelessness, ministry to those with special needs, or elder care.
How would you feel if every concern you raised was quickly dismissed, excuses were made, and the subject was changed?
“Others might have that attitude but not me!”
“It’s a victim mentality, looking for handouts!”
“It’s all politicized! Haven’t we heard enough bad news on this topic?”
There’s no place for dismissive comments like these in such an important conversation.
What if instead we listened to understand (instead of to respond)?
What if we sought to see from beyond the eyes of others and to take a walk in their shoes?
It seems to me: intentional conversations and proactive steps are needed to address vital issues of justice in our world like these. Right responses flow from rightly held values of love for God and love for others who are made in His image.
How does your relationship with God affect the way you love and interact with others?
Does believing that all people are created in the image of God change the way you view others who are different than you?
Right responses flow from rightly held values of love for God and love for others who are made in His image.Tweet