America is divided this morning. Divided like I have never seen in my lifetime.
But as Christian, we have an amazing opportunity. We have the opportunity to lay down our political ideals, our denominational ideals and truly be a balm in this nation. We have the opportunity to spread the knowledge of God in these trying times. Let us not draw lines based on supporting a person but let us come together and love.
My friend, Rebekah, said something once that I will never forget. She said, “In an argument, you can choose to be right or righteous.” Today, Christians, let us choose to be righteous.
Arguing about who bears the greater blame will not bring healing. Spouting theories about paid demonstrators is futile. Supporting a person more than loving your hurting brothers and sisters makes that person an idol. Blaming the media for not giving us the whole truth is not helpful.
So how should we respond to our current events as Christians?
1. Let us acknowledge that our country has a race problem but then unequivocally denounce racism. Let us denounce it with not just our words but also with our actions.
2. Let us have open and honest dialogues about race. Let us remember that there is no guilt or condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Therefore, admitting you have racist thought doesn’t make you a racist.
3. Let us love. Come on people. Jesus loved ALL people. He died for ALL. For God sakes, He was middle-eastern. Do you think He just died for one race? If so, we are all in trouble.
4. God created race. Diversity was God’s idea. We are all created in His image. Let us love, honor and respect every person because we all carry His glory.
5. Ask yourself this question before you post something on Facebook: “Will this bring hope, reconciliation and healing to people or am I just strengthening a political position?”
6. Forgive. 7. Love. 8. Hope. 9. Empathize. 10. Love.
Come on Christians, let us rise up and be who God has called us to be. Reconcillers. Lovers. Healers. Servants. Ministers. Leaders. Let us set the example of what unity looks like in these divisive times. Let us lay down our need to be right. Let us be righteous.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”
2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV