I still blog on my Instagram and on my Facebook...
but let's give this a shot again.
So most of you know that 2 days ago,
a young man walked into a Bible study at a Historical Black Church in Charleston-
stayed about an hour and then opened fire,
killing 9 out of the 11 people there.
The young man was obviously racially motivated saying, "You rape our women and you are taking over our country. I have to do what I have to do."
Now we have to look at this from 2 different worldviews.
One, from the lenses of race.
And two, from the lenses of Christianity.
So let's try to hit both of them at the same time.
Those of us within the body of Christ must grieve and sympathize with our brothers & sisters in Charleston.
In 1 Cor. 12:26, Paul writes "if one part suffers, every part suffers with it."
He is saying that when evil visits Charleston, it visits all of us.
We must stand with Charleston.
The primary problem is that our identities are too small and mainly insignificant.
We tend to rely most on our smaller, cultural, racial identities and ignore our larger, common identity as members of the Body of Christ.
Adopting a common identity is the key to tearing down cultural divisions and working toward reconciliation.
The act of adopting a common identity that supersedes all other identities is a frightening, even painful, one. However, research shows that it is the key to true unity.
To truly identify as the body of Christ and find unity in that, we must set aside our common, normal, racial and cultural identities.
This attack hit close to home.
I live in Pickens, SC which is just 4 hours away from Charleston.
God is doing some amazing things in South Carolina.
There are some incredible Churches in SC that are truly working to claim this state in the name of Jesus.
AND THIS WILL NOT STOP WHAT GOD IS GOING HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
No evil can stand against MY GOD!
We must stand together, link arms and face this head on.
Life will be better that way.
Let's stand together.