Pulling Off the Bandage



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Just maybe we need to stop taking stands

And reclaim a more robust understanding of God actively at work in the people he created but never intended them be this broken and disjointed.

From Psalm 46:

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 42 reminds us that even when our world is engulfed in war and turmoil, even when our economy falters, even when angry men fly planes into buildings, or corruption seems to prevail at every turn, the Most High God remains solid and true, holy and righteous, and unshaken in the midst of the world’s turmoil. Nations may be in an “uproar” and governments falling (v. 6), but God is in control. “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire” (v. 9). The final outcome of God’s work in the world may be peace, but it only comes about through the forceful intrusion of his judgments, overturning wickedness, and bringing about justice.

It is at this point in the psalm that we often hear verse 10 cherry-­picked from its context: “Be still, and know that I am God.” In its original context, it is not meant to invoke the quiet, reflective stillness, which it is often used to convey. Rather, this verse is extending the same bold voice of the earlier verses. This is not a whispered “Be still,” but the same commanding “Be still!” that Jesus boldly shouted over the stormy waters in Mark 4:39. He used the same language when he cast a demon out. It is not so much a word of calm consolation or gentle persuasion, but the bold, forcible disarming of a world in turmoil and erupting in conflict and disorder. God’s rule comes crashing in and sets things right. What a great assurance is ours that however unstable and rebellious the world gets, God is going to intervene and set things right. Praise be to the Lord! https://www.seedbed.com/god-sets-things-right-psalm-46/

betsy more than 1 year ago

Not sure what comments were upsetting

Hate speech should not be tolerated by individuals. We are and should be free to individually condemn speech which is racist or anti-Semitic, but the comments only pointed out the obvious: under our Constitution, our government has no right to control our speech. Once we chip away at that principle, we are indeed on a slippery slope towards tyranny.

John more than 1 year ago

White church

Definitely The UMC is a white church except for those 6 million Africans.

Kevin more than 1 year ago

White church in North America

The increasing globalism of the UMC is what gives us our racial diversity. In the US, however, it's about the whitest of any moderate or large denomination. Domestically, we do a lousy job of reaching non-whites.

John more than 1 year ago

White church

No. People of different colors than white are lousy at reaching out to others not like themselves.

Our guide in Mumbai was the first person of color not white was the first person to invite me to church. We stopped by his home temple and introduced us to his Jain teacher.

I'm still waiting for a person of color other than white to invite me again.

Note: The biggest Crayola box has 162 colors including white.

Richard F Hicks more than 1 year ago

Lousy job

The painful truth is that domestically our UMC has for a long time done a lousy job of reaching anyone for Christ. We have not had any net growth in decades.

bthomas more than 1 year ago