June 1

I did not do justice to my sermon yesterday in light of all the racial unrest in this country over this last weekend.  Police brutality, protests, riots, looting and unrest has been in our nation and on the news.  I could have devoted my entire sermon on Micah 6:8 instead of the last 5 minutes.  To tell you the truth, I really do not know what to say about the whole situation.  I cannot understand the fear, hatred, oppression, and biases that blacks and other minorities feel because as a white man I have never had to deal with those frustrations, let alone experience them on a daily basis.  I do not know what they have been through because I have never experienced it myself.  I have never been pulled over because of my skin color alone.  I have never had people look at me in disgust because of where I lived or grew up.  I do not know the fear of wondering if some cop will abuse his power if I say or do something to defend myself.  Yet they live in that world.  A world of bias and prejudice and degradation.  They want to be heard.  They not only want to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, they also want justice for themselves (which too often they do not get).  They want mercy.
This is a dark world.  And as I concluded in yesterday’s sermon, we need to be the light.  Be the light to these who are looking for is.