All Comments Matter
The issue of racism in America right now is hot, emotionally charged, and very complex. There is a lot of information flying round as well as a number of opinions. I personally am trying to educate myself more on the subject before sharing any personal views in print. However, as a pastor, I would like to share a few things I believe will help us as we navigate through this and other difficult issues.
- First things first. Pray. 1 Timothy 2:1–4 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- Avoid knee jerk reactions. They are seldom helpful to anyone. Remember that as Christ followers we are salt (preserving) and light (pointing the way to Christ). If we filter what we say and do through these two principles, we should have no regrets. James 1:19–20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
- Have an opinion, but let it be an informed one. Do your homework. Too often Christians are seen as ignorant jumpers on bandwagons without knowing what we're talking about. Proverbs 10:14 Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.
- Be open minded. In the arena of human opinion and “factual” information, the truth is always somewhere in the middle.
- When you do express your opinion, be kind and respectful. Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
- Realize that the best we can do is not a short burst of opinion, but a long term lifestyle that demonstrates our values.
- Pray…and act. As followers of Christ we should be ultimately be getting our direction from the Lord.
May He lead us in a way that glorifies Him and brings others to Christ.