Growing up, MLK Day had always been the holiday of which I only celebrated the fact that it got me out of school. But as I've grown up (who am I kidding, really just gotten older) I've come to see, hear and participate in more conversations revolved around race and religion and what the Bible has to say about it all.
With the the thoughts of Ferguson still in our hearts and the reactions of the nation on our television screens, there are many who would question just how far we've come since that famous I Have A Dream speech was made almost 52 years ago. And although it's easy to want to pick a side that won't solve any issues. As I'm sure you've seen on social media, it's not a skin issue it's a sin issue. Despite it's level of cheese, it's true!
In properly dealing with our sin there is only one place where we can confidently lay it down and be greeted with love, mercy and acceptance; it is at the feet of Jesus.
During the month of January, my church welcomes four pastors of different ethnic backgrounds to come and teach on the topic of race, religion and reconciliation. Yesterday's sermon covered Ephesians 2:11-22 which says,
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
I loved getting to spend time looking at these verses and thinking over the way Jesus not only reconciled us to Himself but also to one another. Verses 13 though 16 talk about Christ being the one who breaks down the diving wall; He is the one that makes us members of His one Body.
Despite the fact that we are all members of one Body, together we represent the glory of God's craftsmanship! I hope today you find time to stop and meditate on the truth that Christ is our peace! He has broken down the wall between people of different races, ethnic backgrounds, social-economic backgrounds and most importantly He bridged the gap that stood in the way of us knowing God.
Happy MLK Day!
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