What Ferguson, Missouri Teaches Us

Two friends have asked that I turn my fb status into a blogpost, so here goes:

The cycle continues...

The cycle continues…

As I read the news this morning, my heart plunged a little deeper. History has repeated itself again yet parts of the church have remained silent–cloaked behind cultural differences and innuendos. A harsh reality is this: many have not forgiven nor forgotten what transpired a little less than 50 years ago. Ferguson has caused old wounds to fester and it needs true healing not a bandaid but true internal surgery. At the core, this is not a #‎race‬ issue nor a ‪#‎political‬ issue. This is a ‪#‎sin‬ issue. This is a #heart issue. Our heart is deceitful. we honestly cannot trust it. The headlines prove why. ‪#‎Hate‬ and harboring offense are both seen as sin in GOD’s eyes. God is not most concerned with your church. He is most concerned with HIS church. Wrong is wrong and if an action elicits a wrong response then it is sin. I commend my brothers and sisters (all people groups) who are brave enough to call out injustice and in their own relationships seek mercy. We are guilty in lauding our offense over Christ’s call to be ONE body. As followers of Christ, we cannot choose our privilege nor our right over Jesus’ call to truly love one another especially if we claim Him to be LORD of our lives. It is not ‘us’ versus ‘them’. It is ‘we’.


The enemy is an opportunist. He cares nothing for the offender nor the offended but seeks opportunity to divide. Choose differently


‘Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose,

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.’ (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT)

Love

‘If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.’

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An Oldie but Goodie…

Came across a short post I wrote 5 years ago. Still holds true today:

Hands - Tender Loving Care

Today was a very lovely day. The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, and the ground was perfect for planting. Today, we invested some money, time, and sweat into furnishing our deck with chairs, plants, and some other aesthetics. Lowe’s was blessed with our presence 3 times today. With each visit came more goodies. We vowed to replace all patio furniture even purchased a side table to go with our chairs. When we arrived home, we realized that even though our present table looked worn, tarnished, old, and weathered it still held the promise for future use… All it needed was a little bit of TLC…someone to recognize its worth despite its present disposition. Now it looks good as new and fits in perfectly with all the “newbies”. Who knew that a 5 year old table would look as good as new….A LITTLE TLC goes a long way…Take time to love. It holds great power to restore.

Tender Hearts, Loving Hands, and a bit of Creativity can infuse life into many dead or lifeless situations.