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.