Racial Reconciliation Praying-Part 2
The picture my friend and I were talking about.
I recently entered the 21st century about 3 months ago when I got my first smartphone. It came in handy one night when I had a conversation over messenger with a friend that I met when I worked for InterVarsity. We were talking about what’s been happening in our lives and about a picture that he posted on facebook. It was picture of a black woman crying with her mouth covered by a white hand. The caption suggested that all lives matter movement is silencing the black lives matter movement. This friend is a black man and it was great to open up to him about what I thought about all of this. And, he did the same thing with me. The best part of all of this is that we didn’t get mad at each other and we are still friends.
Reconciliation is a hard business. I think this picture speaks into that. Blacks want us to realize that their lives matter, that when they are shot by the police it should affect us. Whites are starting to think, what about my life? Or the life of my family. Here is the tension. And if we are going to see healing in this country over this issue, we must enter this issue. We must be honest and listen honestly to others.
Piece of a Sermon on Black Lives Matter
Which Civil Rights Leader do you admire.
And we also need to pray. I hope that you read my other blog on this topic. That has some great suggestions on how to pray and is also a great place to start. But I wanted to keep that blog under a reasonable length, so here is another blog with suggestions on how to pray for reconciliation. Sit back, read the suggestions, and enter your prayer closest.
Leadership: We need to pray for our leaders in this country (1 Tim. 2:2): the President, Congress, Governors, as well as our Pastors and church leaders. These people have great influence and they need our prayers. Pray that they make wise decisions and fair and just decisions. If you disagree with an action they are making, pray for them. Pray when you agree. I pray that our leaders in this country will become focused on the issues that are tearing us apart and will lead us to making things right again, not ignore these issues.
Ask and Listen: I asked people on Facebook what they thought were things to do to learn how to pray and one suggestion was “ask a black person.” Go and ask. And don’t just limit to one race, but ask people who are Asian, black, white, etc. Everyone has a voice and it is good to get people’s perspective. Then, once you have that, go into your prayer closet and ask God to help you understand. By understanding others, we can be better equipped to pray for them. Not only that, but we can be better at loving others. Try, as best you can, to "walk in their moccasins".
White Privilege: This country, like it or not, is set up where whites have an easier time than do anyone of other races. We as whites need to realize this. And I think that we need to pray that others will be able to have the same advantages as we do. I know for me that even though I don’t see it in my life, it is there. I’m not saying that we should bring us whites down, but to pray that others will be brought up. Maybe even use our privilege to help bring others up.
Romans 12:2: Pray this verse, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If we are to be renewed by God, we are to spend time with him asking him to do that. This way, we don’t conform to the patterns of the world, we conform to God’s way. Prayer is the key to this and so many, many other issues. Then we can be agents of change for the good.
- Your thoughts: YOU have them! I want to hear them! Please share so we can be helping each other to become men and women after God’s own heart. And that we all can be about the ministry of reconciliation.
This is certainly a tough issue, and I believe that I have only scratched the surface. Prayer is so important to this because it is the power of God working. But we also need to go out and DO what we can to help change the world to be a better place. I want you to think about this verse, Galatians 3:28. Look it up. This is the verse about how their is neither Jew nor Greek. That we are all one in Christ. What a picture! This is something to be praying for! Will you join me in praying for this?
I will close with my usual closer: Pray, Pray, and Pray. And do this early and often. This world needs God and he will act. He WILL do His part...let's do ours!