America has been and will continue to be a force for good in the world. But like all nations in a fallen, sin-afflicted world, she has had moments of monstrous evil. We need to acknowledge this. It is not unpatriotic to want to reveal our mistakes in order to heal them. (Dr. Gray, Derwin, “How To Heal Our Racial Divide”, pg 172)
Day 162 of Russia’s war with Ukraine. Day 62 of America’s deadly summer (I started this count from June 1). Click on either count for an update to the wars that are gripping this world: the war in Eastern Europe and the war within our own streets. If you do not think we have a gun problem in America, click on the “Last 72-hour” tab on Gun Violence Archive and scroll through the 150+ incidents that occurred over the weekend in this country.
As Dr. Derwin Gray writes at the beginning of Chapter 8 in “How To Heal Our Racial Divide”, we need to engage in the tough conversations and address the issues plaguing our nation right now. Chapter 8 is called “Engage in Difficult Conversations”, and right now, our country is in the midst of having some of the most important conversations over some of the most divisive issues of our time. Should abortion be illegal? Should assault weapons be banned? Is Christian Nationalism evil? All these talks have been termed “woke” by the mainstream media. It is “woke” to acknowledge that slavery and racism was a great evil in this country. You are labeled woke if you point out that Nazi’s are attending a politician’s political rally.
I hope that you, my dear readers, realize that in His time on Earth, Jesus Christ was the most “woke” person to ever live. He challenged the established religious authority, He bridged the divide between Jew and Gentile, He promoted forgiveness, peace, and love over power and dominion, and, most importantly, He put the responsibility for a person’s personal salvation onto His shoulders to carry for all mankind. Where would Jesus stand on the most divisive issues of our time? If you do not know the answer to that, always remember that Jesus let one compass guide all His actions, and that is the compass of compassion and love. If it does not honor God and show love to ALL people, Jesus would not support it. It is that simple
This last weekend was a refreshing return to grace for my family and I. I followed the formula I had written and recommended years ago in “Common Sense Reborn” and the results were as expected. I will share that with you in the coming days along with more excerpts from Dr. Gray’s wonderful work.
And, of course, I have some wonderful new music to share with you this week. A handful of big name artists dropped new singles, and I’ll get to them later, but first, here is a beautiful new track from Fellowship Creative.