Indeed we are living in unprecedented times! It has been disturbing to see the images of the over worked essential care workers, single families fighting through daily battles of job loss and poverty and we dare not forget to mention the homeless population. Our Nation and our world is being shaken to its very core. As we can see this virus has affected every class of people on the planet without prejudice. Even though the virus itself has not shown discrimination or favoritism. Yet, what has become apparent is that some people are. And I write this as a way to express my frustration at a system that still has not resolved the issues of racism, classism in our country. How could this be happening now during this horrific pandemic era. Our prejudices towards different classes or races of peoples should not effect our decision to help people. We have to ask ourselves would Jesus discriminate? The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18), Jesus came to help hurting people.
In times of crisis we should band together in support of one another. For without that type of unity during a national crisis we could destroy each other way before a pandemic does. Scriptures say, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard,on the beard of Aaron running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing life forevermore ( Psalm 133).”
We should make it our mission during these challenging times to turn our faces toward God and repent so that God can heal our land. And begin to work toward reconciliation of the grievances and rid our society of the foul prejudices that plague our communities. Christ came to reconcile man back to God. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling[ the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
In John 3:16 notice what it says, “For God so loved the world. Jesus did not discriminate and neither should we ever when it comes helping hurting. Today, we have a choice to make as whether we will be ministers of reconciliation, bringing people together or agents of death and confusion creating chaos instead peace and unity. Finaly, in Revelations 7:9 I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Salvation to our God on his Throne! Salvation to the Lamb! All who were standing around the Throne—Angels, Elders, Animals—fell on their faces before the Throne and worshiped God, singing: Oh, Yes! The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever! Oh, Yes!
Grace & Peace
Nelson Mandela, We must work together ensure the equitable of wealth,opportunity,and power in our society . Nelson Mandela
Africa Mission Trip 2018