In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I have delayed the Monday Minute until Tuesday. I thought it would only be appropriate that we take a minute to consider the issue of our unity in Christ.
The church can be at its best (and it has behaved at its worst) on the subject of race. Our love for one another can be a very powerful and healing thing. And speaking the truth in love can lead to the freedom we all long for.
As Dr. King said, "In His magnanimous love, God freely offers to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Our humble and openhearted acceptance is faith. So by faith we are saved. Man filled with God and God operating through man bring unbelievable changes in our individual and social lives." (Strength in Love, pg. 51).
If you have watched the discussion about race over the past months, almost everyone mentions the role God will have to play. It seems obvious, even to the non-believer, that the spiritual dimension of people is crucial. May we be part of the healing process.
The recent movie, Amistad, can be a way to open conversation about reconciliation. Although it has a few graphic scenes, it honestly tells the true nature of all men (fallen). Surprisingly, it even talks about the redemptive plan of Christ. We should offer the same hope.
Scripture: Eph. 2: 14,15 - For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace.
Action Point: Before the end of February, make a positive statement in your classroom or in your department about the need for harmony and peace between all people. If you haven't had a chance to see the movie, Amistad, don't miss it.
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