So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:16-19
Before you read this, I would recommend you read the thoughts of Mark Labberton, President of Fuller. You can find those HERE, and he says much more eloquently some of the things I think I think.
My heart continues to break for what is happening in Ferguson Missouri. I wish I had something more profound to offer, or more healing, or some kind of magic words that would be able to connect us with our brothers and sisters on both sides of the protests. Honestly, I don’t. All I have is a heavy heart, and the burden of understanding that I don’t understand.
I will never have to teach my son what African American parents will teach their children about how to act around police officers. Unless one of my children becomes a police officer, I will also never know what it is like to fear for their lives in the line of duty. I hope I never know what it is like to make a decision that ends someone’s life, or what it is like to lose somebody in my family under those circumstances.
This is what I do know. As a believer, my words, thoughts, and actions should be aimed at reconciliation. God has given us a mission of bringing wholeness, peace, and grace to broken lives in a broken world.
My focus needs to be on seeing others through Christ’s eyes, and not through a “worldly point of view.” In order to do that I need to listen. I need to have conversations with people who think and believe and look differently than I think, believe, and look. I need to try to empathize, not just sympathize. I need to pray. I need to be sure that when I do choose to speak, my aim is reconciliation, and not to further my own agenda, or opinion, or to simply add another voice to a partisan divide. I need to repent, because in my life I have added to injustice. I need to forgive.
Jesus, friend of sinners
Break our hearts
for what breaks yours.
for what breaks yours.