As I mentioned in Midweek Worship last night, I’ll be attending the ERLC Leadership Summit addressing “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation” today through tomorrow night. In recent months, our nation has been freshly reminded that we have deep racial tensions.
Our ERLC is providing an opportunity for the issue to be discussed among evangelical leaders in general and Southern Baptist ones, in particular. A broad range of evangelical leaders will be preaching and lecturing as well as exchanging perspectives via public panel discussions. Hundreds of local church pastors and other SBC leaders will be attending. The one thing on which we all agree is that the gospel of our Lord Jesus is the way to racial reconciliation.
I am really grateful for this conference. Undeniably, this is a big cultural issue of our time. I am looking forward to the equipping I will receive as the lead pastor of our church. According to Ephesians 2:11-22, unity amidst diversity in a local church is not different races putting up with each other, but the races integrating as “one body” (Eph. 4:4-6.) Just like in marriage, the model is not a husband and wife coexisting under the same roof, but integrating their lives as “one flesh” (Gen. 2:24.) It is as challenging for races in a church to integrate as it is for a husband and wife in forming a new marriage; yet Christ has made a way through the gospel and the end result of our “oneness” is the witness it bears, “Jesus is Lord.” The million dollar question, though, is “how do we move from tolerance of each other to integrating as brothers and sisters?”
Please pray for me to learn. I’m on two panels, so please also pray for me to have wisdom from the Lord. Please pray for fruit to be born in many churches.