Sunday morning found us seated in the living room ready for church. Most of you know we have been watching Elevation Church online ever since the C19 quarantine. I cannot express enough how much I have enjoyed Pastor Steven Furtick’s messages. I believe he has received a special anointing for such a time as this.
Praise and Worship was good as always and I settled in with my journal and pen.
A cozy seating arrangement was brought on stage by the production crew and Pastor Steven introduced his guest. Pastor John Gray from Relentless Church in Greenville, SC.
There was so much said and I couldn’t keep up taking notes. IF you wish to hear this message for yourself, listen here.
But for me these are my take-away’s.
- Just because I haven’t experienced it – doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
- At such heinous behavior by the police officer who killed George Floyd, don’t dare wait to make judgment until one hears “what Mr. Floyd did.” Nothing warrants being suffocated by a person kneeling on the neck of the victim. NOTHING.
- Hope looks through the lens of grace NOT color.
- If I walk in empathy – it will affect my humanity.
- Black Lives Matter – All Lives Matter; however, let’s not get picky…in the sermon of the Beatitudes, Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” It is not recorded that someone in the crowd said, “But what about those that are poor in poverty, are they still blessed?” Quit being nit-picky.
- There are broken people in all races.
- There is a virus called racism.
- Silence is the sin of indifference.
- There is ONE Jesus for all people, for all of the church. There is not a black Jesus, a brown Jesus, a red Jesus, just ONE and His message never changes.
- The only way to change this cycle is to REPENT.
- Do I see it the way Jesus sees it or do I still allow these corners of darkness in my mind and soul?
Listen for yourself
I highly recommend taking an hour and listening. For me? I had to have a real solemn time of repentance.
To my family members of color – I am so sincerely sorry.
To my sisters and brothers of color – Please forgive me.
Excellent, Susan . I can see why you took so many notes. oxox Tweeted
Thank you for sharing!!! xo
Tea With Jennifer says
Yes, Jesus is the ONE for all mankind!
The One & Only.
Dear Lord , Please, Please forgive us. We will have no peace in our land till we ask for forgiveness.
We will have no peace until Jesus sets His foot on Mt. Zion.
Kathy Walters says
I am going to take the time to listen to the above-mentioned message! Thank you so much for sharing with us your take-away from it. So valuable.
Kath’ it’s valuable.
Ali Battersby says
Thanks for sharing
No opinion or comment?
Looking forward to listening later on today. Loving your takeaways.
LMK what you think.
Anita Ojeda says
Amen! It’s so sad that for centuries we have whitewashed Jesus and used our fear of differences to oppress others.
Michele Morin says
I appreciate your sharing the notes.
And I have struggled with indifference over the whole issue of racial reconciliation because it seems so remote from white and homogeneous rural Maine. I love being stretched!
MM, stretching is not only good? It is healthy and necessary. For such times as these. xo
Sarah Geringer says
Love your thoughts here, and you’re the second friend to recommend this convo. So I’ll watch it today. Hugs to you!
It was valuable, Sarah.
Lauren Renee Sparks says
Thank you for sharing the message you learned. So needed right now.
Lauren, I’m in the process of learning!!!
Angela Barnard says
I loved this perspective Susan. All lives matter to Jesus so they should to us as well. Amen!
YES! ALL! And, it is a delight to see you here!
Mary Geisen says
It sounds like a powerful message. Your eleven points truly hit home. Thank you for sharing. I have heard John Gray speak before and he is wonderful.
Mary Hill says
Your raw honesty really touched me. I am praying about the same things. Thank you so much for your thoughts. They touched me to the core.
Mary, thank you so much for that kind comment.