by Dr. Ken Visser

Ok, so I’m white! So I’ve had many opportunities and have been given a little slack just because I’m white (not being given the speeding ticket or not being arrested when I did not pay for something that was still in the grocery cart). So? What am I supposed to do about it? I could just say, “That’s just the way it is.” Or, I can continue being a good Christian. I can continue to be more accepting of others. I can love my neighbor. That’s all that God asks of me. Right?
Then, I read the following: The Good Samaritan story Luke 10:25-37. Am I supposed to get involved? And I read again, Peter’s vision (Acts 10:9-16) and think maybe God is asking more of me. And like Moses, I argue with God. “I’m not equipped.” So maybe, God is expecting more from me. Maybe God is expecting more from his church.
I have been pretty good at making donations to worthy causes.  I have done little of the personal involvement.  John 3:16 says God has been active in saving me. How can I be more active in helping God respond to those that have little hope?
As much as I resist, I know God is expecting me to be His hands, feet and mouth. I am honored to be a member of a church that as individuals and as a community is doing the same.
Please join the Nehemiah Assembly on Monday, Mar 29, 2021, at
6:30 PM as we address justice issues here in Sarasota.  Register in advance for this meeting by going to www.pineshorespres.org – look for the SURE box in Events and Ministries.

Scripture Reading:   Matthew 25:34-36
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Reflection Questions:
What does God expect of you in addressing injustice?
How are you involving yourself in the struggle against racism?
How are you equipped to help solve problems of discrimination?

Prayer: Holy God, use me to be an active and faithful presence in dealing with the issues involved in racism.  I want to receive the inheritance you offer. Amen

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