Originally published in Issue #11 on June 11, 2021
The broad evangelical movement, especially in America, is in a difficult moment and has been for several years now. Much has been said and written on the various social issues that are being debated. Like myself, perhaps you have been uncomfortable with knowing how to address issues like racism in the church. That’s okay.
In fact, I believe that discomfort can be a God-given gift that draws us to think more deeply on a topic. Many of us may shy away from discomfort, especially on hot-button social issues. I think, however, that Christians should think more deeply and clearly, read more widely and thoughtfully, and respond more graciously and kindly than any others on these hot social issues.
If you will, pray this with me:
God, help us to be uncomfortable with easy answers. Let us shun half-truths (Isaiah 59:14-15).
Give us clear minds (Job 38:36) and give us wisdom (James 1:5). Help us to display your love to a world that is in so much upheaval (1 Corinthians 13:1).
Give us the grace to enter into deep relationships and conversations with those who disagree with us (1 Peter 3:15).
Give us your heart for peace-making (Matthew 5:9), your heart for justice for the oppressed and marginalized (Deuteronomy 10:18, Isaiah 1:17), and your heart for those who mourn (Matthew 5:4).
Help us to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). Compel us to have passion for justice and mercy (Matthew 23:23).
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.