How should we respond?
July 10, 2016
Sadly, this week was a tragic week in the life of our nation, and specifically in our Dallas-Fort Worth community. Race relations in America are incredibly fragile and the last thing needed is comments that foment increased hatred and the stirring up of violence. As Jesus-followers, how should we respond?
The Apostle Paul wrote, “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” Romans 14:19 He also wrote that we are to offer up prayers and petitions and thanksgivings on behalf of all men, “for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Treating all people with respect and dignity, whether we agree, or not, is a key. Prayer is critical! We must pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for one another. Identify with the hurts and fears of those who feel marginalized and at risk. This is not a time for argumentative and vitriolic commentary. The gospel of Jesus Christ, lived out by the followers of Christ who love even their enemies, is the hope of the whole world…and the hope of our nation.
Let’s join together in prayer for a Holy Spirit empowered revival. It can begin right here in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex, the very heart of the nation. It can begin right here at Metroplex Chapel.
Look for opportunities to be an expression of the love of Jesus Christ. Look for opportunities to lay down your life for others. Let’s be quick to listen…and slow to speak. Let our words be seasoned with grace and pursue the things that make for peace.