June 7, 2020

Man in black t-shirt raising his hands during protest - Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

2 Corinthians 5:18 (ESV)
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY:

The revelation of national social injustice has taken priority over the pandemic and social distancing. It has exposed that America has a more significant issue; spiritual distancing. It is tempting to preach a message related to the problem and concerns, but I am lead to address it in this manner.

I agree with Jeff Brothers' assessment of the two major political parties. Last Wednesday, he encouraged us not to be influenced by political parties’ ideology and platform.

Recently, I heard Pastor Tony Evans say that the Kingdom of God does not ride on the back of a donkey or an elephant. Yet, we as Kingdom people, have allowed our political views to divide us.

It is so vital for God’s people to speak with one voice. Hatred that births racism is not just a crime; it is a sin! This applies to all races of people. Yes, “black lives do matter.” But we cannot respond with acts of violence motivated by “justified” hate.

Environmental protests have their place; in the past, they have had positive results. But they did not and cannot change the hearts of mankind. The real issue just went below the surface and is now resurfacing again.

What this country need is reconciliation. And that must start with those who profess the belong to the Kingdom of God. Our nations have a heart problem. Until the hearts of man change toward God, there will be no real change.

According to today’s Word, it is our Christian duty, responsibility, and calling to work toward reconciliation. Jesus died to reconcile us to the Father; therefore, we should be more than willing to be reconciled to each other.