It's tempting in extreme situations like we've had in Tulsa in September 2016 to set aside what we're hearing from scripture regularly at The Journey and address the issues we face instead. But we don't have to do that--we can stay with our text, believing God is speaking into our lives today. When we discipline ourselves to hear God's voice, the Bible comes alive and is lived.
Amazingly God has led us to hear from His word in Leviticus 4-7, a text some may think is obscure and ancient, but it truly speaks to what's happening around us today. The text focuses on this question: What does the community do when someone harms another person? What makes the wrong between people right again? This text speaks directly into racial tensions today and God's desire for His people to promote justice.
Because of the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher by Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, and because the problem of racism has persisted for millennia and churches often turn a blind eye, we want to speak out against racism and learn to speak and live as Christians of the kingdom of God, not just Americans or of a political party or of a particular race. There is no "us" and "them" but only "we" in Christ (Galatians 3:28).
A recent Journey gathering included a 2:30 minute clip of Randy Harris interviewing Dr. Steven Moore, both of Abilene Christian University. In the clip, Randy Harris, who is leading our all-church retreat Nov 4-6, asks Dr. Moore what we can do about racial injustices today. The whole interview is below.
Recently many leaders in Churches of Christ published a letter to fellow members of our churches, and Greg Taylor did not get an opportunity to sign it but agrees with the contents and wants to share the letter, "An Open Letter to Churches of Christ" here on The Journey News.
CLICK HERE for photos of Tulsa's Response to Terence Crutcher's Death. Photos by Joseph Rushmore, son of The Journey Shepherds, Mark and Pam Rushmore.