Lent 2017, day 21

“We may personally reject doctrines, attitudes, words, or ideas that promote racism and inequity, that work against God’s love. But too often we avoid the truth that living into Christ’s example means earnestly working against these sins. Too often we remain quiet in the face of situations that work against racial reconciliation, or we may think that by remaining silent we are keeping the peace by avoiding conflict and not making people uncomfortable. Too often we evade the diligent and necessary work to achieve real unity.”
Gail E. Monsma
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

The diligent and necessary work will be challenging, painful, difficult. But it is the only way to life.

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

See you along the Trail.

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