For the past two weeks, I have been soaking up the joy and family celebration of my fourth grandchild, Emory Elizabeth. She was born on August 2. My 92-year-old Dad came to celebrate her arrival. It was a special time since Emory is named after my Dad’s Mom who died when he was only two. As our family celebrated, our country has been rattled to the core by the events that took place on Friday, August 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia. I know you have been rattled too.
For Voices of Wisdom this week, I wanted to focus on those voices of wisdom that have spoken into these events as we all must take action in the places we live, worship, and work to stand up and do our part to fight these voices of hatred. In Tim Keller’s post, he says it best: “One main effect of the gospel is to shatter the racial barriers that separate people.”
Read, pray, and let’s all speak up and take action to be a loud voice of unity around the gospel – the good news of Jesus.
Race, the Gospel, and the Moment by Tim Keller
Tim Keller says it best: “One main effect of the gospel is to shatter the racial barriers that separate people.” He reminds us of our duty as leaders to be aware of and teach what the bible says on racism.
How should Christians, and especially those with an Anglo-white background, respond to last weekend’s alt-right gathering in Charlottesville and its tragic aftermath? Three brief things need to be said.
“The church, God’s “Plan A” for rescuing the world, should stand as a place of refuge for people of every color”, says JD Greear in this article that encourages us to pray for healing and peace in our society.
Many people in our congregation—and around the country—are still reeling from the astounding and horrid protests in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. We, at the Summit, have attempted to speak with one voice in response to this, condemning racial superiority in all of its forms while raising high the unifying power of the gospel.
Why Many of Our Churches Are Still One Color by Thom Rainer
Dr. Thom Rainer was asked a very important question: “What’s wrong with our church?” He gave a very solid answer that not only helped the individual church but the community around it.
“What’s wrong with our church?” It was a sincere question. The elder wanted to know why there seems to be a steady erosion of attendance, discipleship, and evangelism at his church.
What Now in Charlottesville? by Christine Hoover
Charlottesville is a place where a tragedy occurred. But, it is not just Charlottesville needs prayer. Christine calls Charlottesville a “Mirror City” to the ones we live in and encourages us to be in prayer for both.
I live in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city that in a few horrendous hours has become synonymous with violence and hatred. I desperately want to tell you that this isn’t Charlottesville. And in some ways, it isn’t. Many of the protestors you saw on the news came from outside our city. They rallied around the issue of a Robert E. Lee statue potentially being removed. However, this is Charlottesville, and this is Virginia. We live in a place fractured by racial history and racial wounds. There is a reason the alt-right has chosen to center their rallies here. We must acknowledge that racial sin has been present in our city and our commonwealth all along.
A Call to Prayer During Anxious Time by Trillia Newbell
Trillia presents a true call to prayer in this article. Do you know what to pray for, how to pray and where to pray? Even though we live in an anxious world and an anxious time you will be encouraged to talk to God first and let Him give you that perfect peace that surpasses all understanding.
Praying is never an overreaction. I shared that sentiment a few weeks ago on twitter and I believe it is true. While prayer is never an overreaction, I would dare to say it’s not always our first reaction. Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, encourages us, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4: 4-7).