As believers we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. To solve a problem, we need to understand it. I asked my friend Tara Kenchen to help us have a better understanding of how we can be part of the solution in healing the racial divide in our land. I hope you’ll read and share Tara’s wisdom.
Healing Our Land
My youngest daughter Briya was not yet 2 years old when she started pounding her tiny fists against her father’s chin. He appeared to be both stunned and confused. She had been trying to explain something to him that he didn’t understand. She repeated herself a few times before succumbing to anger and frustration getting his attention in a different way.
From her perspective, she was talking and he either was not listening or didn’t understand. And truthfully, at the time, whatever was evidently very important to her was probably not as important to him (or me for that matter).
I intervened, picking her up, calming her down, and providing a little instruction of “Baby, you can’t hit daddy.” And though I didn’t advocate her “hitting daddy” I did understand. I understood what it meant to talk and be unheard and to be in the presence of people who even when they heard, did not understand. I understood then and I understand now.
Just like Briya, right now people are pounding the chin of our nation forcing themselves to be heard—screaming about the injustice they feel they’ve tried to communicate many times before. And as America’s racial history is resurfacing, this time with a vengeance, all of us are in the middle of it in some way.
So, I ask myself—what should the Body of Christ be doing (other than praying) at a time like this? How do we make sure that we are hearing and understanding? Should we get involved or should we stay far away?So, I ask myself—what should the Body of Christ be doing at a time like this? How do we make sure that we are hearing and #understanding? #HealOurLand, @tckenchen Click To Tweet
In 2 Chron 7:14, God says that when we cry out to Him, He will heal our land. And, as always, the answer involves fixing ourselves before we do anything else. After all, Jesus does talk about taking the log out of our own eyes so that we can then help our neighbors.
Humble Ourselves –
Humility is a posture of the heart. It sounds a little like, “Lord, I admit that I don’t know or understand everything that’s going on. I don’t know how to feel or what to do. I don’t have any answers on my own.” Humility before God supersedes intellect, experiences, opinions, race, gender, and even political agendas. Imagine that! If we accept that maybe we have been wrong or at least incomplete in our understanding, we open ourselves up to hear from God and only then can we hear the heart of others.
This is the bold step for in earnest prayer we give God permission to change us and move the way He would like. Today’s bold prayer would be: Father, show me myself. Show me your heart for your church. Show me your heart for this nation. Show me where I have been wrong in my stance, action, or inaction concerning race and help me to change. Let your Kingdom come and let your will be done in my life, in this nation, and in all the earth. Amen.
Seek My Face –
This is when the Lord shows us who we are and what to do. Warning: Be prepared that sometimes when we seek God, He OFTEN tells us to do something that we would never have done. Or He may send us to people who we wouldn’t have naturally sought out before. He told Peter to eat what was “unclean” and sent him to Cornelius, a Gentile. Good Jews didn’t mix with Gentiles! He sent Ananias to Paul, a known persecutor of the Christians! And it is worth mentioning that both Cornelius and Paul had to be humble enough to receive who was sent.
Repent. Agree with God and go the other way. Do not stand still. When our minds are changed, our actions must follow. Paul didn’t just stop persecuting Christians, he began to declare the Lordship of Christ – the opposite. Inaction is in fact, action.
Receive Healing –
Will you be made whole? Sometimes the Lord heals us as we go, as we stand up, as we wash, or as we dip. Often healing is attached to our acts of faith. Again, be prepared to act.
It is only after we do the introspective work of looking at our own hearts that we are prepared to do the work as the corporate Body of Christ—the church. And yes, the church must do its introspective work too! It is the humble, truth seeking, repentant unified body of Christ that will stir the heart of God to heal our land. So, let’s get to it!
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
Tara Kenchen is a writer and speaker encouraging many with her practical teaching, Bible-based prayers, and words of restoration. Her desire is to see everyone walking in the freedom of Christ. To her, now that Christ has set us free, it is time for us to LIVE free – UNAPOLOGETICALLY FREE.
As an experienced attorney and senior executive, she has spent her career investing in the community, as she believes that real change requires a comprehensive approach. While her primary goal is to show others the way to freedom in Christ, she believes that this is done by both teaching and working on behalf of those who often lack the capacity or position to advocate for themselves. Tara lives in Durham, NC with her husband and three children.
Connect with Tara at www.liveunapologeticallyfree.org.