The tragedy of George Floyd’s death has sparked conflict that has set communities in our nation on fire, both figuratively and literally. As Christians, we are called to support the causes of justice and peace in the midst of a divided world. How do we stand up for the rights of many who’ve been oppressed without making villains of those working to protect us? This is a question that makes many uncomfortable.
What unfolded in Indianapolis and around the country over the weekend rewrote Sunday’s sermon before I preached at 8:00 am. On Pentecost, we talk about the Holy Spirit’s gifts. Three specific gifts we thanked and praised God for this week include:
Guidance to keep us from causing needless harm to ourselves and others.
Grace that loves us even when we are wrong. Through God’s grace and Jesus’ love, we have forgiveness. The forgiveness we’ve received from God gives us peace with Him. The fruit of forgiveness shared with each other is earthly peace.
Perseverance of faith that overcomes the evil of this world. In this life, humanity, institutions, leaders, even those who are supposed to love and protect us will disappoint and even betray. But we live with the steadfast assurance that when Christ returns in His glory, He will enact true and perfect justice.
Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Please pray with me for our country, our leaders and that God would protect both the vulnerable and those who protect us. May He bless us with His Holy Spirit, shine light into our darkness and grant us His peace.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Daniel Lepley