“RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE A MIGHTY STREAM”
By Andy Wilson
This has been an agonizing couple of weeks for the United States. It has been especially painful for people of color. We grieve as a church family over the divisions created by racism and other systemic forms of injustice. We yearn for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24).
Like most of you, I’ve had dozens of conversations about the nation-wide protests and the issues that are driving them. Many have asked, “Andy, where does the church stand?” Our answer is the one that’s embraced by every Spirit-led church. We stand on the rock of Jesus Christ.
- We believe God created people equal, and that he loves every one of us with the relentless love of a Father.
- We believe there is, therefore, no basis for putting people down or pushing people aside because of their race, nationality, politics, economic status, sexual identity or beliefs.
- We believe we’re all broken, and that God calls us to humbly repent of our sin even as we forgive people who have sinned against us.
- We believe that when we surrender our lives to God in Christ, he gives us a new life, and fills us with his Holy Spirit.
- We believe the Lord has an extra measure of compassion for those who are poor and oppressed.
- We believe the Lord calls his followers to be agents of reconciliation, standing up to evil and speaking the truth in love.
We stand on the rock of our Lord Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. He alone can make all things new. So let’s pray for a great outpouring of his Spirit that will bring reconciliation and healing. Let’s seek the unity that comes when we love as he does.