How we see people, in reality, is through a critical set of eyes. When we look at people, we find fault, we see differences, we see flaws. That's the natural way that we are here on planet earth. It is from a place in our hearts, a place of radical brokenness that you and I will always be...
Anytime that we categorize people into “us” and “them,” “them” is always less than “us.” The truth is there is only “us.” If we categorize people and buy into the legitimacy and validity of distinctions based on the pigment of skin...
How we see people, in reality, is through a critical set of eyes. When we look at people, we find fault, we see differences, we see flaws. That's the natural way that we are here on planet earth. It is from a place in our hearts, a place of radical brokenness that you and I will always be naturally critical, naturally fault finding and naturally judgemental of the people around us.
Jesus came as light into a dark world and everything that He spoke, countered the way that we naturally lived. We had a rhythm and a flow to life. We had a way to establish power and significance and Jesus turned it all upside down. To those who came into His presence and listened, Jesus spoke revolutionary, life changing, brilliant things! But He didn't just speak brilliant things to be admired, He spoke brilliant things that were to inspire brilliant living!
One of the things that Jesus said that changes how we live, as a community, as people, as a society, on planet earth is found in Matthew 7:1-5. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Let that sink in a little bit. There is a judgement coming for each one of us. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." I'm just telling you, there is no such thing as a mean Christian. All they are, is a person going to hell, calling themselves a Christian! There is no such thing as a judgmental believer in Jesus Christ, they do not exist! If you're judgemental, you're not a believer in Christ, you're just deceived by satan more eloquently than the people who know they're lost!
You and I have got to stop being judgmental critical people. In John 3:17, the scripture tells us the fundamental attitude of God toward us and it is NOT critical first, "For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world." God's first revelation of Himself toward you is not "you worthless sinner," but your first sight of the heart of God is of His beloved son bleeding on a cross; loving in the most sacrificial way. That is His heart!
When we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting not only His infinite love for the world, but when we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting His love for us! We see our own value and our worth in a new way and then we see the worth of everyone else around us in a new way!
So here's the deal, we the people of Jesus, are people who have come into His light and acknowledge that there is something different about this man. He's brilliant, and we're not just going to listen to what He said and walk away the same. We're going to live brilliantly following His teaching, His person, His Spirit, through every conversation and through every relationship. We have to hear our call to be authentic and to be different, not to be perfect, but to be people who see life as Jesus saw it and to see people as Jesus saw them; because Jesus changes everything! -Dr. Drew Shofner
Anytime that we categorize people into “us” and “them,” “them” is always less than “us.” The truth is there is only “us.” If we categorize people and buy into the legitimacy and validity of distinctions based on the pigment of skin, then we are locked into racism and we will be thinking in its terms until we see Jesus. I say NO! I say that my Father delights in diversity. I say that my Father made people with different skin pigments because He wanted to; because he loves to create. I just want to say that it is an honor to be your brother; together in Christ!
I want to call us as a church to be a church that realizes that we are not saved to sit, that we are called to go into every place where there is relational poverty and physical poverty and be the light and truth of Jesus Christ! We are to be a living example of God’s work to bring an end to the sin and brokenness of racism; and so we pray against the sin of racism. We pray God that you would continue to break the back of hate and hell by the power and resurrection of the love of Jesus Christ!
We pray that the church would be on the forefront of working for justice, to demonstrate your healing in practical ways. God use our hands and use our feet; in Baltimore City and in the places where we work to demonstrate your love and your healing. We pray this united; as all God’s people say, Amen. –Dr. Drew Shofner