Time For Change
This past week has been a rough one. The protest, which in my opinion are appropriate and needed, took place. For many years systemic racism has been built into our society. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in a southern state, racism was just part of life. As an adult, I now realize how wrong that was and still is. We do not need to continue living with the status quo, changes are needed.
What needs to be changed and how? I'm sure I have an answer that can bring about justice for all races in our nation. But, I do know one thing. It can begin with me. This week, I have been confronted with my on ideas, feelings, and prejudices. Though I've come a long way in my life since I was a kid and have overcome my prejudices, I never asked God for forgiveness. As a result, I've confessed my sins to God and asked Him for forgiveness. I've asked Him to give me His heart for all people.
Now, what else can I or we do? First of all, we as a church need to pray for God's wisdom. We need to be open and loving to all people and lead in bringing change to the injustices in our world. In Isaiah 5:7 it says, "He expected justice but saw injustice; he expected righteousness, but heard cries of despair." This was written to Judah, but it is true for us today. God help us! Let the change begin with me, you, and our church.