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June 25, 2015, 4:13 PM

What If?

I am sitting at my desk thinking about a blog entry. What shall I write about? The first thing that pops into my mind is the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina. “But so many others have written profoundly about this event.” I think to myself. People – thinkers much deeper than me, and communicators much clearer than me – have provided a wide variety of perspectives on this tragedy. What else, Lord – if anything – could I say about it? The “Praise and Worship” station on my Pandora radio is on in the background, and a song from “Mercy Me” comes on:  “I'm finding myself at a loss for words. And the funny thing is its okay. The last thing I need is to be heard, but to hear what you would say.”  It’s the first line from a song called “Word of God Speak.” (Seriously, I’m NOT making this up!)

The lyrics caused me to sit up straight and listen more closely to the Spirit. “Wonder what God has to say about Charleston?” Not saying the others that have written about last week’s shootings have missed what God has said. Not saying if I listen closely God will give me the inside story about the mind and heart of God as they relate to last Wednesday’s events. Simply a simple question about what God would say about what happened, and the racially charged conversations that have occurred since.  As I pondered those questions, I remembered seeing a quote on Facebook from Sam Emory, an African American pastor: “There’s no such thing for me as a black church. There’s no such thing for me as a white church. The church don’t have no color. The only color the church is is red because of the blood of Jesus Christ.”  

Hmmmmmmm, what if that’s what God would say in response to Charleston? Not saying racism – individual and systemic – is not a real thing. Not trying to “water down” the racism that exists in ALL of us, more than ANY of us realize or want to admit. Not suggesting we should stop trying to eradicate ANY and ALL practices that give “privileged” status to any group over another.  I am simply saying Pastor Emory’s words strike a chord in my spirit. What if God really doesn’t see multiple groups when he looks at humankind? Groups that are formed based on the categories we have developed over the years? What if God sees only ALL of us standing in need of the grace of Jesus Christ, no matter what color or creed or ancestry or background or past mistakes or present struggles that stand there with us? What if the ground at the foot of the cross REALLY IS level, and we ALL stand shoulder to shoulder with each other seeking, praying for, and receiving the mercy and love that hangs there in the God-man Jesus Christ

And then………..

What if we – by the inspiration and power of God’s Spirit – worked at seeing each other – ALL OTHERS – as God sees us: as souls – persons for whom Jesus Christ died? What if there was no such thing as a black or white or Hispanic or Korean or……… church? What if there was simply THE CHURCH, redeemed by the obedience, faithfulness, grace and blood of Jesus Christ? What if Galatians 3:28 REALLY IS truth: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

What if?

Think on these things, and remember…

Keep Lookin’ Up!
Pastor D.



Comments

06-25-2015 at 7:51 PM
Robyn Ohmer
What if? A great place to start! Thank you, Pastor, for keeping us thinking!
06-25-2015 at 5:52 PM
Laura Moore
Amen seems like the only fitting response.
06-25-2015 at 4:21 PM
Pat Mann
and......"What if" ..... we "all" just add our .....AMEN!!
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