I’m a white guy who was a black preacher for about 3 years. (I was a pastor in the African-American denomination–the Church of God in Christ, but I never went as far as Rachel Dolezal and literally claimed to be black.) I’ve discovered a heart-bonding that is even stronger than family and far more powerful than color — it’s my deep inner connection with people who passionately love, follow, and obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ! Wherever they are in this world, whatever they look like, whatever church they belong to (or don’t belong to), they are my brothers and sisters in Christ.
–The vicious attack on and murder of my innocent brothers and sisters at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina after they welcomed a stranger into their participatory Bible study and warmly listened to his comments, has grieved me deeply and brought me to tears several times.
–Yesterday I did a “Christian magic show” for about 25 black 6 & 7 year old children. They clapped, laughed at, and were inspired by my illusions, but I was so sad to know that they had heard (or would soon hear) about a real white man who murdered black Christians. I cried.
–My wife just asked me what I am writing. So I read it to her and cried all the way through it. “Weep with those who weep.” That’s not difficult for me to do. I wish I could do more to bring about healing in our nation. That’s one reason I write. I want this messed up world to know that that there is supernatural healing, forgiveness, and transformation thought the living Jesus.
–Natural eyes see offense and skin color. Spiritual eyes see wounded hearts who, like the prodigal son, need to abandon their hurt and dysfunction and to return to their Father’s love. There’s no other answer for violence, racism, insecurity, fear, deception, loneliness, addiction.
–This morning I learned about Marcus Stanley, a brother in Christ who (like me) was transformed by the living resurrected Jesus, and how he posted a message of love and forgiveness on the shooter’s Facebook page.
–Perhaps it is time to admit that human trafficking was just as evil in the 18th Century as it is in the 21st Century! That many of the famous founders of our nation were just as evil as present day human traffickers. The skin color of America’s Founding Fathers’ victims did not justify or excuse their crimes against humanity!
–All lives matter to God (and to me) — black/white, postnatal/prenatal, liberal/conservative, mean/nice, and any other dichotomy used to label the epitome of God’s creation–human beings!
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