A Response to Racial Injustice
Ever since Adam and Eve first sinned in the Garden of Eden, our world has been desperately broken. From then on every person, family, community, tribe, and nation have been tragically devastated by sin and the consequences of sin. The reality of this sin pandemic is not only witnessed externally throughout the world, it is experienced internally as it infects every human heart... including our own.
Right now our nation's pain is on full display. The ugly sin of racism is clearly evil, pervasive, destructive, and like all sin leads ultimately to death. God hates it and is certainly grieved by it. The only cure for sin is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the good news that Jesus saves sinners like us from death to life. The gospel compels us to love God and love others as co-image bearers of God. In love we proclaim the good news of God’s rescue from sin through Jesus available to ALL people. In love we pursue righteousness and justice for ALL people; especially the poor, the oppressed, the helpless, and the marginalized. Love is a verb.
As followers of Jesus we anxiously await Christ’s return when he will make all things new. Soon he will execute perfect justice and reverse the effects of sin putting the world back the way it is supposed to be. In the meantime we pray, we lament, we mourn. We grieve the loss of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, as well as the many other black men and women who have lost their lives due to racism and injustice. We are responsible to educate ourselves about our nation’s tragic history of racial injustice and must be willing to honestly examine our own biases. Racism is evil. Protesting against evil is righteous. Responding with violence towards others is also evil. We must search our hearts, repent, and let love determine to move us forward in both words and in action. Just as we have been reconciled to Christ, we are ministers of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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