Commentary

From the Future

History has the ability to haunt us. Be it our personal history, family history, or the history of our nation. Yet, the future has a way of bringing us hope, optimism, perseverance, and a bold joy that breaks down the structures of evil.

In recent weeks and months, we have all been reminded as a nation of the extended struggle we’ve had with racial injustice. Although we’ve made gigantic strides ahead throughout the last century, in recent months we’ve witnessed grave injustices in our law enforcement, the tragedy in Charleston, the hate crimes towards local churches and their congregants, and numerous other incidents. It seems that with each of these instances a corporate shudder strikes in us and is a reminder of our painful and shameful past; A past that some choose to use to fuel hatred and bitterness. But for most of us, this past is a very real bruise from which we’re trying to recover. (I think it would be wise to add here that no two of us have had the exact same experiences that would allow any other person to bring complete resolution or speak exactly where we all are. Only God has that capability.)

It seems that no matter how hard we try to outlive our past, with the grave infractions perpetrated by a very small percentage of our population, we are seemingly brought back to square one. I say “seems” because we are so susceptible to allowing the events of the past to dictate our lives. But that does not have to be the case. Continue reading “From the Future”

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Bible Devotions · Confessions

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While smiling rather brightly, I can tell you that I have no idea what exactly God is doing with me. Or even where I’ll be next year.

See in recently months I’ve taken my focus off of making conclusions about where I’m going and what I’m doing, (it’s been super refreshing, I highly recommend it.) As I’ve realized that my presumptions and premature conclusions only hinder His functional Lordship in my life. And to be honest I think this is the “easy yoke” described in the scriptures (that may be debatable, but this is my blog and folks don’t like to debate me here, which is nice).

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“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The God of Justice

homeless man

“You’ve been seeking my face, but you consistently overlook me.

I’m the oppressed, I’m the ravaged, I’m the burdened.

You desired me to give you fine gifts, but you neglect me when I ask of you.

I’m homeless and you give me no home.

I’m sick and you give me no comfort.

I’m troubled and you leave me by myself.

Meet me where I am and you will find what you seek.

I am the God of Justice I will not be mocked.”