“If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present,” Catherine Booth.”
Those outside of Christ think and act that the best way to make a better future is to disturb the present. And they do so, by employing violence. Unfortunately Christendom has a history of employing the same tactics for the same reasons.
As recognized by President Biden, when he signed into law federalizing June 19, as Juneteeth day. It’s the celebration of African Americans emancipation, as being the personal property of another. It been reported that it originated in Galveston, Texas, 1886.
The tragedy of this legislation is that it took 135 years to be recognized by the federal government. And that the first eight United States Presidents claimed African Americans as their personal property. Shocking!
This Padre had observed a time in northern states; when African Americas, were not allowed to sit at the same counter with white people. For those, and other reasons, African Americans deserve financial reparations. Because it, represents compensation for injuries and insults.
A lot of such evils where perpetuated by people, who called themselves Christians. No doubt at the judgement seat of Christ, they are going to have to account for such attitudes and behaviors. (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:10).
Nevertheless, many African Americans today proudly confess that they are Christ followers. Which should cause everyone to wonder, how could a people enslaved then and now? The now in more shrewd ways. Rise up and confess Jesus, as their redeemer?
Answer the power of Christ Himself. Paul testified to His power as thus. “I was found by them; who sought Me not, and I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.” (cp, Romans 10:20).
Here is the eternal mystery, as to how it works. “So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish whatever I please, and it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it.” (cp. Isaiah 55:11).
Most minimize the absolute power cited in those two verses. Here’s an example, and it comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer the great Nazi hater.
He was confined in a prison cell waiting execution for crimes committed against Nazi Germany. His guards were overwhelmed by his self assured demeanor. That they smuggled his manuscripts out of prison. And made sure that they were placed in the right hands, which resulted in his book, “Letters from Prison.”
The power of the gospel is a phenomenon that knows no boundaries. Just the presence of you or me, is enough to bring anyone to redemption. It’s done as follow, “Now thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are the fragrance of Christ among the saved, and among those who are perishing. (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14:15).
A fragrance can not be seen, it can only be sensed. And that’s all it takes. It’s Divinely recorder. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance.” (cp. 2 Peter 3:9).
His ways are sometimes very mysterious to we mortals. This writer will not be surprised to discover that Nazis found redemption through Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Or that white hood devils, found redemption through an African American, secure in the redemptive power of Christ.
And, the saints determined in unison, “Let it be more so today. And may I be such a vehicle to bring redemption to some scoundrel. “The world needs to have its today disturbed so we can have a better tomorrow,” counseled Catherine Booth.
Of course all of the aforementioned works best by affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. If you can nod your head in approval, blessings! If not, make your affirmation of faith by following the prompts found in Romans 10:9-10. Then notice verses 11-13, all of which creates the universality many seek. And if our paths don’t cross in this world, they will in the next.
This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.
Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.
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