Have you considered how practical it is to be Christ-centered? It changes how we perceive and respond to the pressure the world imposes on each of us. Sadly, many churches don’t look to Jesus or the Bible for wisdom. They cave to current fads. This contributed to the early racism in our country and hinders healing now. So when someone has the courage to speak truth it moves me.
I met Denita Thomas through Knowing God Ministries and felt an instant attraction. When I recently heard her speak online, I thought of you. You can find the link to her talk below. I asked her to distill her thoughts in a blog. Thank you, Denita, for sharing your heart and wisdom with us.
Christ-Centered Amid These Times of Unrest
I cannot help but think about how people may feel during these times of unrest. People tell me they’re CONSUMED with feelings of discouragement, confusion, anger, anxiety, fear and even guilt. I want to address some of these feelings because they are affecting my brothers and sisters in Christ.People are CONSUMED with feelings of discouragement, confusion, #anger, #anxiety, fear and even guilt. Let's address these feelings because they are affecting my brothers and sisters in Christ. Click To Tweet
I will say that yes, racism does exist in our nation and around the world. It is not as deeply rooted as it was decades ago, but there are pockets of racism today. We see anger expressed everywhere! People are venting! People are hitting the streets to protest…some peacefully, some not.
Those who have directly experienced racism may be angry. Some hear about it and empathize and get angry. Some people ASSUME racism in a situation (without seeking all the facts) and get angry! Racism is a sin. So, it is realistic to get upset about racism.
However, we need to know what kind of anger is acceptable. As Christians, the Holy Spirit in you will cause you to feel righteous anger and disdain for sin. But we cannot use anger as an excuse to sin or to excuse sin.We cannot use #anger as an excuse to sin or to excuse sin. ~ Denita Thomas #hope Click To Tweet
Christ-Centered and Worldly Responses
For instance, rioting, looting, physical and verbal abuse toward the police or those with differing views, and disobeying the law are all sinful. It is wrong to justify this behavior. Also, we must not hurt others when speaking out.
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they are far from the life God gives because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They do not care anymore about right and wrong and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed” (Ephesians 4:17-19 NLT)
We must not do as the ungodly do. In 2 Corinthians 10:1, as Paul defended himself, he pleaded with the gentleness and kindness that Christ Himself would use.
Satan causes confusion. Some white people are wondering what they must do to show that they are not racist. “Should I kneel and apologize?” Some churches are instructing their white parishioners do this. “Should I show solidarity with Black Lives Matter?” Some churches are aligning with this group, despite their platform not aligning with biblical statutes. Confusion!
Sadly, some whites are consumed with guilt. They are hearing blanket statements like “white people are racists.” Activist groups make statements like “whites should downsize their homes and give them to a black or brown family.” Whites are scolded because of “white privilege.” They are made to feel that they need to do something by way of penance.
My white sisters and brothers, you owe nothing but to display the love of God to all. Allow Jesus to guide your heart. The Holy Spirit will reveal your heart, and Christ-centered people will discern your godly love.
Delving deeper into “white guilt,” it was on my heart that the guilt of the sins of past generations are impacting this generation. The impact of racism travels from generation to generation. But, isn’t it awesome that Jesus breaks the curse of past sins?
Have faith in the redemptive blood of Jesus! If you feel guilty because you yourself have committed a racist thought or action, Jesus forgives! Confess it, let it go, and walk in the grace of forgiveness.
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22 NLT)
God is moving on the earth and we, the Church, have a central role to play. Show the world that the people of God love differently from the world. Be blessed and keep a Christ-Centered focus! Jesus is sufficient.If you feel #guilty because you yourself have committed a racist thought or action, Jesus forgives! #Confess it, let it go, and walk in the grace of forgiveness. Denita Thomas Click To Tweet
Denita and her husband, Brian, are the founders of God 1st Bible Fellowship. She also serves on the Prayer Team of Knowing God Ministries. Denita has been married to Brian for 13 years. She has a BA in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Denita is a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler of two kids, ages 9 and 11. God1st.org