I have two questions for you? How would you ever live through a world-wide pandemic where over 100,000 people have died and our economy was shut down
How would you live
through not only a pandemic virus but also during an era where the virus of white supremacy and racism is now being met with the historic uprising of protests and demands for human rights and dignity of African Americans after centuries of brutal murders?
And then…don’t even get me started about the climate crisis. How can we live through that?
You, dear children of God, are living through this unprecedented tumult and you have the most powerful strength there is to get you through –
a life of faith
. But guess what, so many in this world don’t know what
Please share your hope, love and light of your faith.
You were made for times such as these.
The apostle Paul calls you not only “children of God,” but “children of light.”
In the gospel of light it is written: (Luke 8: 16-18) " No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
Be the church. Be light
. This time though, being the church has to be different. We are mostly a church of white people. We cannot just pray while our neighbors who are African American are in anguish, fear and such pain. We must rise up and get on our feet. We must take action for justice.
I will share with you in the weeks to come steps we all can take to bring about a more peaceful, righteous and just world for all.
I believe the God who is still speaking has been whispering and now is talking very loudly about how if we follow Christ, we must not just love our neighbors as ourselves in the ways that are comfortable. We must step out to love our neighbors and reach across chasms in ways that might make us uncomfortable.
We must take action. We must work for justice.
Rev. Otis Moss, III, UCC pastor and prophet from Chicago so poignantly writes: “Tears are necessary, but not enough. Prayers are needed, but not enough. Protests are expected, but not enough. Rage is understandable, but not enough. There is a flaw in the soul of this nation only a revolution and a revival can heal.”
Friends, Jesus was and is a miracle worker, a prophet, a healer, a personal saviour. But remember this. He was and is also a revolutionary. He loves out loud. He was and is about action and forging systemic change.
“But fear not,” the angels say all throughout scripture, “the Lord is with you.” From two of the oft most memorized passages in scripture – Psalm 23 and the Beautitudes, remember these verses for the days ahead and inscribe them in your hearts as we deepen our faith and shine our lights.
“I will fear no evil. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”
Ps. 23 “
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they shall be comforted.”
Blessings and gratitude,