Thoughts, a prayer and resources on injustice and racial reconciliation

(July 2020)

Over the past few weeks my heart has been profoundly impacted by the shocking events and racial unrest playing out across our country. I’m sure yours has been as well. As I have prayed and asked God to show me what He wants me to do so that I am part of the solution and not part of the problem, I was reminded of our Nazarene denominational statement on racism and discrimination. Because we are an international church with hundreds of cultural and ethnic expressions, the Church of the Nazarene has already reflected deeply and written extensively about discrimination. Allow me to highlight some portions:

We believe that God is the Creator of all people, and that of one blood are all people created… Therefore, we renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin against God and our fellow human beings. We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world, and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation, and biblical justice. We seek to repent of every behavior in which we have been overtly or covertly complicit with the sin of racism, both past and present; and in confession and lament we seek forgiveness and reconciliation….We call upon Nazarenes everywhere to identify and seek to remove acts and structures of prejudice, to facilitate occasions for seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, and to take action toward empowering those who have been marginalized.”

Let’s pray this prayer together that these words would lead us and guide us in the days ahead. “Father God, would you help this statement to be for us more than just words. As we search our own hearts and examine our own actions, I pray that our lives will reflect the greatest of all the commandments…to unreservedly love God and to unreservedly love others. Help us find ways to put this kind of love and grace and healing and reconciliation into practice in the days, weeks, months and years to come. Amen.”

Below you will find some resources I have watched or am in the process of making my way through personally. While I may not necessarily agree with or understand everything in them they are helping me better understand what Tony Evans calls…“kingdom-focused unity. Why we don’t have it, what we need to do to get it and what it will look like when we do.”

Pastor Tim

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