Below are a list of resources that Pastor Glenn and Mark Jennings referenced in their June 2, 2020 “Testimony Tuesday” with Nadiyah Albee.
I think we’d all agree, that 2020 has been a challenge so far, and in a big way.
For me personally, the first month into the new year I lost my dear cousin Jackie, who was my age, only 55 years young. She was like a sister to me. Then came the horrible COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the precious lives of over 111,000 Americans and many thousands more in other countries. This doesn’t include deaths of those who have committed suicide from losing a loved one to the pandemic, being laid off from a job, or the added stresses of family life at this time. My sister-in law is now fighting the battle of being diagnosed with Covid-19.
And, to add to all of this, there’s another sad, evil and unfortunate incident that has reared its ugly head once again, racism. Mr. George Floyd should not have suffered the brutal murder in which he did and at the hands of those who take the very oath to serve and protect us—law enforcement.
I believe Mr. Floyd did not die in vain on national television. His death is now changing the world! It’s a pivotal time in our nation. God has allowed this for His good and for His glory. The heavenly Father says in Genesis, 50:20 “You take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good.” He is turning things around. He’s working it out! The battle belongs to the Lord, and He will fight it on our behalf. Exodus 14:14
Racial tensions, conflict, and yes, unfortunately death—all call for social justice reforms and an understanding of cultural differences. Systemic racism, social bias and now the latest term being used—unconscious bias, have plagued this country for more than 400 years. Communities across our country and around the world are now starting serious and hopefully, long lasting and meaningful conversations about addressing the need for racial reconciliation and healing. The church, our local, state and national leaders must now fully engage and show true leadership for real and effective change to take place.
Racial barriers derive their power when people refuse to communicate, and instead, make assumptions based on negative stereotypes, media-driven narratives, upbringing, certain life experiences and more. This can be a very painful reality for black people.
The only way to begin easing the racial divide is to allow the love of God to be the bond that strengthens relationships. The local church can, and should, play a vital role in leading the way as Ambassadors of Reconciliation and Restoration. I’m grateful and thankful that Makers Church and our Pastors want to genuinely start this dialog. This is HUGE!
Even though conflict within human relationships is both universal and inevitable, how a person approaches and navigates through the hurt and misunderstandings is not only unique and individual, but also impacts the eventual outcome of the process. Sadly, a lot of painful things are said and done at home, in the workplace, and even at church—without much thought, care, concern or wisdom. Sometimes these hurts involve very complex issues—and at other times, they are over trivial and simple disputes.
The ability to apologize and forgive another’s faults and shortcomings is critical in building positive, healthy relationships. Apologizing is an important biblical concept and is often influenced by parental modeling.
Again, conflict is inevitable, but we can choose the route of harmony and brotherly love. Kindhearted and humble in spirit, not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead. Romans 12:17-21
Reflect & Respond
What are you teaching in your home and to your family? Ignoring this situation and hoping it just blows over like many other issues eventually do, is not an option. Jesus is a man of ACTION!
I challenge you this week to take a step towards change. It starts in your heart! Ask God to show you the areas that need a full remodeling and make-over. He will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4
Enjoy this worship song that will soothe your soul as you meet with the Heavenly Father. Be blessed!
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