I am taking a break from the internet blog to finish writing my second book. Appreciate your prayers.
I believe the racial problem of “us versus them” continues because there is an “us” and there is a “them.” What if there were just an “us”? What if we made it personal by doing more to erase the racial divide in our own lives? What if we sought intentional relationships with people who are not of our race?
Watson, Benjamin. Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us. (p. 198). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
On the day Reagan was shot, I was hit head on by a truck which came completely across the highway into my lane. I was struck unconscious with a severe concussion. The driver had reached down to pick up a cup of coffee he dropped, and had taken his eyes off the highway. Not wearing a seat belt, I shattered the entire windshield. The neurologist told me it was a “miracle” that I had survived. It would be two months or more before I fully recovered.
While recovering, I was urged to file a lawsuit. I decided that the thing to do was to display God’s grace and refused. The insurance company paid for a new car. But then something happened I didn’t expect. The insurance company sent one check paying in full all medical expenses (I expected that.), and then, by mistake, sent a second check for the amount of those same medical expenses. When I informed them of the mistake, they said “keep the money.”
O how the all-knowing, all-caring God had been at work. He rescued me from death, rewarded my desire to not file a lawsuit. And God worked things out so that a particular driver, who did not believe in God, would see something good from a Christian, in a town where Christians were surely not known or thought of being merciful or compassionate.
"Pentecost is about the powerful presence of Jesus with his people; about the implementation of Jesus’ healing, saving rule through his people; and thirdly about the anticipation, in and through that work, of the final day when heaven and earth shall be one. It isn’t just that the Spirit is the ‘down payment’ of what is to come for us as his people; the Spirit is the advance sign of what God is going to do for the whole earth, the entire created order.”
I leave you today with this: Our God has the power! Whatever your needs you have not exhausted his strength. Whatever your concerns, you have not run his emotional well dry. Whatever your situation, his hand is not to weak to save, provide, lead, and fight for you. Whatever the depth of your offenses he is not prevented from forgiving, releasing, and remaking a new you. Nothing is too hard for him!
None of the characteristics of God can be elevated above the other or excluded from the other. To put it more simply, God is equally holy and equally loving at the same time. When I say “God is love” I must also say “God is holy.” And when I am shaken by his holiness, I must remember his love. I cannot separate the two. This is where we get into trouble. At times, preachers thunder about God’s holiness and hatred of sin or on the other hand speak only of his love. Both are true! God does hate the destruction that sin has brought to every part of his once perfect creation. But, his immense love has caused him to bring a way of salvation, of full and final deliverance, to every aspect of that creation through the priceless gift of his Son. Jesus has died to satisfy God’s holiness and justice so that you, by trusting in him as your Savior and Lord, may be absolutely certain the best is yet to come.