There is always the thought: when is something going to change.
I have been toiling the roads of theology, ministry and church for over 20 years: I have been through 5 church plants/church renewals, I have been a part of a pastoral staff at an all-white Lutheran church, endured a racist candidacy process with people whom claim to love the same God as me, I have sat in rooms with Bishops/prophets/apostles/elders, I have had conversations with some of the greatest theologians in the country, I have interviewed at more churches than I care to admit and applied to more than I remember, and I am entering my second semester of a PhD. in Theology and Ethics. And, I ask myself, “What am I missing?”
I am not sure but I keep plugging until something changes. I have been told that maybe that is God’s way of telling you that you should be doing something else. All these doors keep getting slammed in your face; when will you get the message, that God does not want you in the church. God keeps closing the doors so that you will move on to something else. My reply, “Maybe you are right but I’m going to walk this out a little while longer.”
I felt like writing today because I needed to express where I am in my soul. This, is where I am in my soul. It is that moment when you have made all the moves you can make, now you wait for God to make the next move. Having done all the stand…stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
The church and the academy are tricky places to understand even when they, supposedly, represent God.
Does God make mistakes? My grandmother would declare that he doesn’t, and I may agree, but he is surely above my thought level. I like many others who have been bless with carmel skin waited for a verdict that would serve justice for the black people.( In all honesty we knew what the deal was…) We gazed at the television, listened to the radio, peeped out twitter and Facebook, to once again find out that we are BLACK.
It is quite obvious that america has no concern or care for black bodies. The black body represents a trope that refashions atrocities as complaints in what Maya Angelou called “ these yet to be united states of america.” The sufferings of a community of people have been lost in media hype as the church sits idle making attempts to evangelize without addressing justice. The Gospel disconnected from justice is a consumeristic explanation of suffering that minimizes the value of people in pain. Many want the Gospel, but, they want a Gospel that is denuded from justice. They want a God that abides in the Eucharist and dwells in the water of baptism but not a God who stands on the side of the oppressed and marginalized –the Blacks in america.
Maybe the imago dei is represented in the rioting…–Is God not outraged at injustice?
Riots are the voice of the unheard? – Dr. Martin Luther King
As I sat downstairs in my office last night, I was burdened with this sense of prayer for the unbelievers. It started as just a simple prayer but kindled to a grieving for the lost. My prayer for the past 2 months was God give me a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) I wanted the burning desire for the lost etched on my soul and God has lit that fire.
This morning as I was speaking with one of my brothers, I issued a challenged for us to pray that God would redeem 100 souls by the end of Feb. I continued to issue that challenged to other brothers, sisters and pastors around the country and they accepted the challenged as well. Some have issued the challenge to their local context to stay in prayer for a 100 souls for their church as well.
We know that God can surpass this number with ease if he so chooses but we still bow our heads in prayer for the lost. One thing that stood out to me was the fact that we all came from different denominations: Baptist, reform, Methodists and non-denominational. There was no apologetics ranting just believers wanted to pray for the lost. Yes, we all may have some difference of opinions and interpretation but one consistent theme is that many folks need to hear the gospel.
My hope is that 7800+ new folks come to Christ by the end of the year -that we impact folks through our prayers and engagement with the gospel; that we spend time outside of our churches evangelizing the community and neighborhoods.
Jan.- 100 souls
Feb. – 200 souls
March- 300 souls
April- 400 souls
May- 500 souls
June- 600 souls
July- 700 souls
Aug.- 800 souls
Sept.- 900 souls
Oct.- 1000 souls
Nov. -1100 souls
Dec.- 1200 souls
Grand Total for the year=7800 new souls…
Folks God can do this and we can be in prayer for these folks like never before. .. I don’t know any other way for things to get better other than God make a change. I am asking you to link up with me prayer and let’s believe God for new souls in the Kingdom. Also let’s engage the unbelievers with the gospel as if their life depends on- it because it does.
We started the day with 6…