To those I love.
Tuesday is typically my favorite day of the week. Staff day is amazing to me. We’re becoming a team. We pray together, plan together, even weep together. Thoughts are shared, issues dealt with, and today, hard conversations were had. Today was not a good meeting.
A somber mood filled the room as we talked about the current crisis we face. But more than that, a real sense that we are helpless in the face of so much opinion, pain, political maneuvering, violence, destruction and history. We are suffering again at the altar of idolatry. Bowing to emotion and opinion rather than surrendering to obedience.
Coming off the heels of a lock down at the hands of a virus, the recent murder of Black men caught on video has caused something to rise up in us all. However, fear is thick in many places as the mob mentality takes over. Social media has once again bowed to rumor and inuendo causing people to withdraw in uncertainty. So many voices are now speaking up with great passion about the injustice that has taken place. So many are offering up step by step opportunities to remind us of what to do and not to do.
We asked the question today, where has all the passion been for the one true equalizer in all this? Are the voices who speak the Gospel silenced? Have we succumbed to other things that offer little understanding? Why are so silent about the very thing that can set all this right?
Many of us look at the Gospel as something to add to life to make it better. But it seldom makes its way out in our speech and discussions. Politics and safety, and toilet paper have been the topic of discussion as of late. Blame is the meal of the day, frustration is the language we all speak.
Listen. We are in need of healing. And as Christ followers, we know healing is possible. How long do we need to wait, how many crisis events need to come and go before we realize that the very fabric of our lives exist and move forward based on the truth in the Gospel found in Scripture?
Oh that we would find our proper place in the midst of violence and destruction. Broken and heart hurt falling face down before the throne of God. We cannot continue in silence with the cure resting in our own hearts. We must stand tall with the Gospel of Christ as the only cure for our world. But withdrawing from a world that needs to be engaged is not a consideration. We must not “go silently into that good night.”
What now then? Pray and ask God to be clear with us as we reach out to people, pray for people, engage with people. Speak out against injustice and hatred. Be a unifying member of FBJB and be willing to be involved. Injustice must be met with Jesus. Jesus is the Gospel.
Come, let us return to the Lord.