Whether you agree or disagree as to which is the bigger issue, we can probably agree that both are critical issues facing the church. And as broken-vessels who are restored and only made righteous through the power of the Gospel, we have a responsibility to equip one another so that we can think well and respond well about such issues in the grace and truth that flows from the nature and person of Jesus. (John 1:16-18) With that being said, I do believe there are plenty of absolutes – clear rights and wrongs – in the Scriptures that we must be familiar with as followers of Jesus that have sadly been misinterpreted and misunderstood by many both inside and outside the church. Our recent statement on homosexuality is a first-attempt from our church to clarify where we stand concerning homosexuality same-sex marriage, which I believe is firmly grounded in this grace and truth.
In recent weeks, I have had the privilege of being part of several meetings and conversations with other local pastors and church leaders representing different ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, denominations from across Salisbury and Rowan County. Our conversations have revolved around the need for greater unity among local church and what steps we need to take to proactively build what we call the Big “C” Church in our community to continue to bring healing, peace, reconciliation and unity representative of the Kingdom we’re part of together; a Kingdom that’s beautifully diverse; a Kingdom that gets to show the world how to celebrate our differences while maintaining our sameness as humans beings created in the image and likeness of God.
This week, we’re including a video (which my Life Group had the opportunity to watch and discuss together last night) that I believe is a valuable resource concerning how we as Christians should think, act and respond in the midst of ethnic, cultural and even socio-economic tensions that we’ve experienced either in the past or currently face today. Please take a few minutes to check out Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.