By Jonathan Tremaine Thomas - Founder, The Ferguson Response
 

Meditation:

“ Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh…Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come… all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” (2 Corinthians 5:16-18)
 

Reflection:

Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Charleston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Walter County.

These names have become synonymous with other historic bastions of civil rights through the controversial police related deaths of black men and women over the past year. Through these conflicts, our nation’s infected racial wounds have been flayed open and our hearts fully exposed.

When we examine the Church’s effectiveness at embodying the spirit of John 17 in the context of today’s racial problems, we must admit that we’ve failed miserably. Due to gross immaturity in the understanding of God’s eternal plan for every tribe, every tongue, and every nation; many in the Church have no revelatory insight into the “why” of America’s contentious racial history or the “how” of applying biblical salve to the historic ethnic divides.  

Historic judicial and legislative rulings in the land still carry weighty and lasting consequences. Some of those rulings such as Plessy v. Ferguson or “separate but equal”, set precedents for the oppressive Jim Crow laws of the South and released dark spiritual activity over our nation.

Times and laws have changed but the wounds remain and those ancient spirits continue to influence the generations.

It is in the midst of this seemingly unsolvable problem that we are beckoned to activate our divine earthly occupation: the ministry of reconciling Man to God, Man to Man, and History to Eternity.

2 Corinthians 5 begins with a description of our citizenship in the Heavenlies.

We long for the foundations of righteousness and justice that exist in our eternal home to rule our temporal space. As a result, we’ve tried to deal with societal problems that are sourced in the spiritual realm, such as racism, almost exclusively through civil and social means. For example, marches, boycotts, protests…even electing a mixed president.

While there is value in those actions, we must go higher. 

As sons of God with access to the throne room of God, we can participate with God in rendering righteous decrees that impact our temporal condition and release divine peace into the chaos and complexity of these times. It’s this blessing that is captured in Matthew 5:9,

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” 

This divine peace-making grace is available to us before, after, and in the midst of conflict. But the ministry of peace-making isn’t activated without conflict.
 

Prayer:

“Our Father in Heaven, You are the healer God. Forgive us for hurting and wounding others with our words and actions. Bring healing to the hearts of those from every race, heal the wounds of the past and present.”

 

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