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Where to Find Hope When America is On Fire

Today reminds me of 1968. America is on fire. Societal change is happening at warp speed. Covid19, George Floyd, what’s next, a national depression? Many of us have lost our jobs. Suicide rates are skyrocketing. Where to find hope? National level The vaccine is coming, but our societal fabric…
By Seth Barnes

Today reminds me of 1968. America is on fire. Societal change is happening at warp speed. Covid19, George Floyd, what’s next, a national depression? Many of us have lost our jobs. Suicide rates are skyrocketing. Where to find hope?

National level

The vaccine is coming, but our societal fabric is coming apart at the seams. Will we ever achieve the racial reconciliation we need? 

Looking for leadership at a political level seems like a fool’s errand. The leaders we have either seem to have a tin ear or are too partisan to build bridges. Maybe there’s a Mandela out there, but I don’t see one.

A better place to look is from the Church. Martin Luther King and so many of his early followers were church people. MLK sought to emulate Jesus and even nonbelievers followed his lead.

I’m looking to a group called OneRace to lead us. Led by pastors who are both Black and White, OneRace looks to mobilize us to join together to seek change.

On June 19, they are organizing March on Atlanta. I intend to be there and I want to encourage you to join me.

We older people resist change because we have a lot invested in the status quo. But the status quo clearly isn’t working – we need to participate in the change. And young people too often think they have contributed to change because they posted something to social media. Both groups need to get out of their houses and begin marching.

Young people especially need to participate. I love young people – they are interested in change when older people want to protect the status quo. We need a mix of young and old. 

If it was 1968, I would want to be marching with King. But in many ways, it is 1968! It’s time to get out of our houses. It’s especially time for World Racers and their parents to help lead. Jesus taught us to be activists. Now is our time.

Personal Level

If you’re an American, you’ve heard the Gospel so many times it is trite. Jesus Christ has become a curse word for many. Our national religion has been materialism and we carry our media addiction around in our hand all day.

But as T.D. Jakes said in his last sermon, “How’s that working for you?” 

If it’s not, perhaps it’s time to declare personal bankruptcy. Your self-sufficiency is not enough. Take a look at what Jesus says about himself and give him a chance. 

Kanye West recently made that exchange and he is filled with hope. It’s not too late for you. Hope is on offer.

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