What can I do?
With the recent highlights around ongoing racial injustices in our nation and in our communities, many of us are asking, "What can I do?" We know that Jesus' second-greatest commandment after loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind, is to love our neighbor as ourselves. We also know that we are called to "do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly" with our God. What does this look like in our everyday lives? How can we DO justice, and not just "like" the idea? What does it look like to practice humility? We've been having these discussions and praying about these issues lately as a church family, and want to provide some resources for you as you seek to put Jesus' love for others into action.
First and foremost, we want to PRAY, and then humble ourselves, listen, and LEARN. We encourage you to keep an open, humble heart as you learn, and above all, be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you in this journey. Ask Him to reveal areas of your own life and heart that have not lined up well with His desire for how we love others.
- Ask God for the filling of the Spirit and that we would be marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- Ask God to give you a humble heart that enables you to listen to the perspective of others.
- Ask God to reveal any indifference you may be harboring in your heart towards issues of injustice.
- Meditate on these passages and let them prompt your prayers: Micah 6:8, Zechariah 7:10-11, Isaiah 58:1-14, Matthew 23:23-24
Pick one of the following and commit to learning:
- Emanuel (2019 documentary; executive producers Stephen Curry & Viola Davis)
Alistair Begg – Bondservants & Masters
Voddie Baucham – Racial Reconciliation