“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And expedience comes along and asks the question, is it political? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular — but one must take it because it’s right.” Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
The most read story at The Christian Post over the last week has been a column written by Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church outside Seattle. Pastor Ken told us recently during an editors meeting, “The truth sets you free, not ‘sensitivity.'”
In this discussion about race and the church, that includes Pastor Ken’s article, Black Pastor Speaks Frankly to Blacks About Trayvon Martin, I’m reminded that Jesus is the peacemaker, but that His truth also divides.
Truth divided me from my past and troubled life into a new me through acceptance of Jesus into my heart more than 14 years ago. It was not always a peaceful, calm, and “accepting me” that went through this transition. It took a tremendous amount of pain to get me to surrender to Jesus — and I am eternally grateful.
So, how does this relate to the truth of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman tragedy? Well, the truth is everything, even if we do not know it all. During this time I have grown more to understand that we often fall short in our pursuit of truth. We need to surrender our own agenda. This is about God’s agenda and He certainly doesn’t need us to “explain” it.
I value Pastor Ken’s viewpoint a lot. I believe it resonates with a lot of truth. And I know that for some, reading his article will bring some pain. Perhaps, some people will need to sit still in the pain and listen… listen for God to show the truth.
After all is said and done, it’s not about our own comfort. Submitting to His will, not ours, will at some point — now, later, or much later — save us a lot of that pain.
Four Dallas Theological Seminary graduates who formed a non-profit publishing group aimed at closing the ever-widening gap in biblical understanding between scholars and laymen, recently released their fourth installment in a series of Bible studies through the 66 books of the Bible. The publishers say that Philippians: Displaying God in Godless Times encourages Christians to do what they were called on to do during Biblical times – live out their faith in a primarily secular society. FULL STORY