Our purpose is to be building God's Kingdom wherever we are by Loving God and Loving People.
I have been horrified at the murder of George Floyd last week. Saddened because real people have lost a brother, a son, a partner and a father, angered because we see a man die before our very eyes and I can’t even think of a word to describe my feelings that George is only the latest in a long line of victims of people abused for the colour of their skin.
Those of us who have God as our Father are family, Our Father delights in justice and we need to stand with those who are unjustly treated. This happened in the USA but the same injustices are here in London, in Westminster and sometimes in our own hearts. If we are to be building God’s Kingdom, then we need to confront evil and injustice both obvious and subtle and sometimes so ordinary that we don’t even see it, even when looking.
We need to stand with members of our family whose frustration, anger and pain is real. There is a desperate need for action but we must also listen. Those of us from the majority or host culture must listen to those whose experiences of our society is very different and we must listen more than we speak. To start this, there are some links to blogs and articles that people have referred to or pointed me to. But we also need to listen to each other and hear of the every single day slights, prejudices and knock downs that are experienced and the resentment and frustration that this generates as well disappointment when other members of the family stand by and say nothing. Thank you to those who have had the patience and love to help me begin to listen.
We must also listen to God, what is he saying to us right now. We are just coming up to two passages in 1 Peter and I am going to reverse them; so this week we will look at 1 Peter 2:13-25 A very difficult passage that talks about submission to authorities – but what when those authorities are unjust, inhuman and anti God? How do we protest, what are the limits? The following week Elizabeth will help us look at 1 Peter 2:4-12 where Peter reminds us that we are a chosen people, a royal people and holy nation belonging to God regardless of the colour of our skin.
On Friday, I would like to dedicate our whole prayer meeting to these issues, God loves it when we cry out to him and let's together hear from him as to what we comes next.
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