In Christ, our only hope
December 5, 2014
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What would we give for true leadership during this critical time? To be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said. To treat others as we ourselves would want to be treated, as Christ our Lord said.
Our world and our country are so divided. It is hard to see such hatred and division. There are no easy answers except to value all of life. Rioting, racism, looting, shooting, injustice, provoking, charging, hatred, prejudices, division, failing to stand for the least of these—all of these things bring the opposite effect of what we need.
[Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. waves from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963]
We need to serve one another. We need consideration and grace. We need respect for one another. We need a genuine love for one another. You say it’s not possible???? I tell you it is possible. It is! Through Jesus all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). I put no trust in man. Only in God. He has never failed me and He never will. Please pray for those involved in the Ferguson, and bring God’s love and grace into your corner of the world and watch change become real!
Bring God’s love and grace into your corner of the world and watch change become real
Yes, without laws and those to enforce them we would have anarchy in the streets. No one denies that. But laws will never change a man’s heart. Only love. Imagine if we truly loved one another. Imagine if we truly loved God. Imagine if citizens loved civil authorities and civil authorities loved the communities they served. I have to believe most do.
But for those who don’t—for those who commit crimes, or those that promote injustice, or for those who do not respect life, for those who burn buildings, or those who are racist—I want you to know that in Christ, your life can change.
In Christ, you’ll find hope, peace, love, grace and mercy. In Christ, you can become a new creature, a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Christ, you’ll treat one another with respect. In Christ you will find a family who cares for you. In Christ, you will honor the laws of our land. Christ can change your bitter heart to a better heart. Christ can remove racism and replace it with radical love. Will you join me in standing for those who are treated with injustice? Will you join me in standing with those in uniform that have the world’s most difficult job? And will you join me in praying that all would find Christ? He is our only hope!