This week racism reared its ugly head in our campus community as certain students posted videos of themselves on social media using hurtful racist slurs. I addressed the sin of racism in this short video earlier in the week. Those students are no longer enrolled on campus. They may have left, but anger and indignation remains, as well as a sense of frustration. Why must we continue to deal with this? When will people learn that it is wrong to hate someone because of the color of their skin; to devalue the life of another because they are different than you? With all the work that so many do each day to promote peace and unity, how much longer must we deal with this injustice?
Our frustration is understandable. But we must be careful not to allow our frustration to devolve into hopelessness and despair. If there will always be sin and injustice in the world, why bother working for good? In this week's video reflection, I examine this question in light of the difficulty Peter had accepting the suffering of Christ because he was thinking, as Christ put it, "not as God does but as human beings do." How can having a heavenly perspective help us cope with evil in this world?
A couple of other updates:
Starting this week, we will broadcasting our CCM Connect! peer ministry program at 7:00 pm Wednesday simultaneously on Facebook, IGTV (Instagram) and YouTube, so you can watch on whatever platform you prefer, either as it premieres at 7:00 pm or later at your convenience. Our Wednesday night Evening Prayer service with Adoration & Benediction will continue to be live streamed on Facebook at 8:00 pm.
I also wish to remind everyone that even though our in-person offerings have capacity limits to allow for social distancing, so far nothing is maxed out. So if you are considering coming to anything on our schedule below, please know there is room for you! God bless!
In Christ's Peace,