I woke up this morning on the soil of another nation thinking about this passage in the book of Acts and the events taking place in my own nation. ____________
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26-27 ________________
Every human being has been made in the likeness and image of God for the purpose of experiencing friendship with God. There is no such thing as one race being superior to another any more than one aspect of God's nature could be superior to another. There is no such thing as one race being inferior to another any more than one aspect of God's nature could be inferior to another. Therefore, racism, white supremacism, and nationalism is not only an assault upon humanity, it impugns upon the wisdom, character and nature of a loving and Sovereign Creator. My prayer for our nation today is that we might turn back to the One Who is Savior, Redeemer, Reconciler, and the Repairer of the Breach, and that in doing so we might discover what has been true all along, He is not far from each of us.
I really hope you push past your frustration, anger, outrage, and grief and and show up strong in church today. We need to be in community at times like these. And the world needs to see us together in our diversity. Let's look one another in the eye with tenderness and kindness... let's hug each other a little longer than normal... let's take two minutes to mingle 😉... and let's go out for dinner together afterwards. Let's show the world that there is a better way to live...fully human...truly Christian.