The Communal Aspect of Black History Month

(gentle music) – In any relationship we
have there’s these common components that must occur for that relationship to flourish. We have to get to know
each other by learning, communicating, and often
times entering into various emotional states such
as suffering, confusion, or even happiness. But this is the way in which
people become bonded together. Now my hope is that over the
last few weeks you’ve been able to learn some new facet of black history, faith, and culture. But my greater prayer and hope
is that there will be more affirmation and appreciation
among various racial and ethnic groups, particularly
given the turbulent times that our nation currently faces. Black history month is a
time where we can celebrate the contributions of black individuals. A time when we can lament
as a community of believers because of the past pains
that still present themselves as present problems. The historical injustices
that have occurred are just deeply entrenched into
the very DNA of our country. And are a continuous source
of pain for many of us. But this is also a time
to corporately delight at the temporal progresses
that have been made and our shared ultimate
eternal hope in Jesus Christ. The new testament writer
Paul’s timeless words to the Roman church come to mind. He said rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Now in conclusion Martin
Luther King’s letter from a Birmingham jail has always astounded me. I mean the fact that he could
write such profound prose from the confines of, of a
jail cell is just incredible. But there’s this one line
among many powerful lines that’s always stuck out to me. He said that we’re caught
in this inescapable network of mutuality tied in a
single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly
affects all indirectly. And this friends is but a reflection of the Christian reality. That we are inextricably tied together by our love and fidelity to Jesus Christ. That although individualism
permeates our modern milieu we can remember that we are a community, a beautiful multi-cultural
and multi-ethnic collection of believers in the one
and true Lord Jesus Christ. RZIM looks forward to speaking
to these issues of race, ethnicity, and culture
more in the near future. Thank you.

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