Ministry Imagine #11

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

– Nelson Mandela

So is forgiveness and reconciliation possible?

  • If you know the legacy of Mandela, then you know it’s possible.
  • More importantly, Jesus Christ was crucified that we may be forgiven and reconciled with God and one another.
  • The resurrection of Jesus is the promise that we have nothing to fear in forgiving others and being reconciled to one another.

The quote of the week…

“Maybe it’s time we come to the realization that restoration isn’t about the early church. It’s about the empty tomb.”

Paula Harrington

  • You can read Paula’s article and many other good articles on the renewed Wineskins website which is up and running now.
  • Any ways, when churches understand that restoration is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the game changes!

So what’s on your mind?

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2 responses to “Ministry Imagine #11

  1. I appreciate your post very, very much. That is because I find so disturbing, even among some in the Evangelical world who call themselves Progressive, a racism that is defended by labeling it as “politics”, not morality. This allows them to fight all progress by those of color with a clear conscience.

    The attacks on Medicaid, food stamps, voting rights, and on the president himself has exposed an ugly, rotting element within the Evangelical world. And the rationalization among many white church members that a black leader who is elected by a majority of the black vote does not have the validity as a white leader elected by a majority of the white vote, shows too plainly just how low the value of THINKING has sunk within the church.

    I have relatives and old family friends who, I know for a fact, just shrugged their shoulders at the passing of Nelson Mandela, and for no other reason than the fact that he is a black man. Yet, there is still within the church the thinking that we must be walk softly with such, because, after all, “that is part of their upbringing”, while those who are recognized as being of the “Left” are scorned, with the hope that they will just go away. This poisons all progress.

    Your post took courage! God bless!

    • Thanks for the comment. Racism as well as other forms of discrimination still exists in many forms (sometimes very subtle forms) and we certainly need to name the existence so that people may step out of darkness and into light.

      Grace and Peace,

      Rex

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