Race and the Church: Healing our Wounds that we may have a Healed Land -2 Chronicles 7:14
A powerful answer to prayer has come about to begin a conversation. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands His disciples, “…go and make disciples of all nations…”. The nations are made up of all people, not one particular demographic, or ethnicity, or race. We are called to tell everybody, of every ethnicity about Jesus. For someone to look at the gathering of the Church, the nations should be seen and reflected. God created all the nations, including the diverse people that make up each of the nations. In addition, He calls each of us to love the people that are within those nations.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “I think it is one of the tragedies of our nation, one of the shameful tragedies of our nation, that 11 o’clock on Sunday mornings is one of the most segregated hours if not THE most segregated hours in Christian America. Since God called the church to the nations, it’s significant to connect that a nation is not about a geographical region; it’s a people. The word “Ethnos” arises in what we know as ethnic group and race. Jesus calls us to witness to all the races and tell all the races that Jesus Christ loves them. Rick Joyner shares a critical perspective that all of us could relate to; if we knew our life was going to end tomorrow, only the most serious issues would be on our hearts. This brings additional understanding to why Jesus prays about unity the day before He was to be crucified. Unity in the Body of Christ is important to Him. On the journey of the church coming together, we have to acknowledge the wounds in our hearts that are unhealed. Attempting to walk through this conversation without first the healing that comes with the acknowledgement of sin, the repentance of sin, and the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, will only cause further division. In his book, Blood Line, Don Piper shares a riveting reality: “New laws will not change an old heart but the gospel will change the nations.”
How we respond to these realities matters to those who are wounded and it matters to God. God has a mighty plan to pour out His Spirit across the land and the nations, but it’s up to the church to first acknowledge what hasn’t been acknowledged, to find each of our places at the foot of the cross, and begin the journey of healing. Hear more of the intricate depths of these powerful realities, how these truths are affecting not only a people, but an entire nation, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rick Joyner, mindsets, humility, UPS, justice, righteousness, repentance, restoration, Martin Luther, Don Piper, revival, dreams, visions, miracles, the Power of God, and love. Greg, Pat, and John shared in this segment.