My Prayer for Us as instruments of reconciliation

When Jesus came, he announced a radical a new view of humanity. This new view is pictured in the book of Revelation:

Revelation 7:9-10

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

 

This is a beautiful view of redeemed humanity where all the walls that divide us are gone. Where there is no more racial division.  Where love reigns supreme in all hearts for everyone equally.  And we worship God together.

 

In the Lord’s prayer Jesus prayed, “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

Racism is a way to feel superior to others on the basis of immutable realities. If I’m white and you’re black, I will always be white and you will always be black. If I delude myself into believing that being white is superior to being black, I will therefore always feel superior to you.

This temptation is alluring on levels we often don’t recognize. In fact, I think Satan wants us not to acknowledge our discriminatory inclinations, lest we admit and repent of them.

It is therefore a good first step in confronting racism to check ourselves. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any unstated attitudes or assumptions that are discriminatory. Ask him to reveal to you any thoughts, words, or actions that are racist.

Pray regularly for such discernment. And where necessary, repent

Being a minority in America is a very difficult thing.  There are things that minorities experience that those of us in the majority will never know and can never imagine. And God presses on us who are part of the majority to listen well to the pain that those in the minority have suffered. To remember that it is real. To remember that it is destructive and tears down self-respect and self-value.  And to remember that even if we ourselves have not openly done such things, people in our majority have perpetrated horrible racial prejudice, to our shame.   

 

Brothers and sisters in the majority- we need the humility to listen.  We need the godliness to feel the pain of others that we may never feel ourselves.  And we must unite to be peace- bearers, love carriers, and gospel motivated healers. 

 

My prayer is that the people of Stillwaters may be known as those who longed and worked that God’s perfect kingdom of peace.  I long for a world where my grandsons Kannon and Caleb would never have to suffer the degradation of racial prejudice. That they would never know what it is like to walk into a store and be treated differently because of the color of their skin.   But to get there we need to work on it.   Examine your own heart.  See where prejudice is still there.  And pray that we would see more and more on earth the love for one another that we will see in heaven, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background.  Jesus came to redeem us not only from sin but from prejudice.  Let’s be peacemakers.

 

Matthew 5:9 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 

Pastor Tony