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.’
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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