Dear Renewal Sisters and Brothers,
What good is it if you say you have faith but do not have works? That's the uncomfortable but important question the book of James places in front of those of us who claim to be a part of God's family. And in this unique moment in history, I can't help but think about that question as we seek to follow Jesus in a world marred by racial prejudice and injustice. If you and I are going to be people of true faith, we need to do more than believe the right things. We also need to do the right things.
That's why, on June 7 during our Facebook live teaching time, I shared five concrete steps that I'm personally committing to take in pursuit of racial justice both locally and nationally. (You can access those videos here: Part 1 / Part 2.) If I'm going to practice a faith that actively meets the pressing needs of the world, I can't sit on the sideline.
But I also can't do it alone. No matter how zealous my ambition, discipleship is always a group effort. In the family of Jesus, we always grow best together. So I'm inviting anyone else (whether you consider yourself a part of our church or not) to join me in committing to one, some, or all of these steps. Below you can learn more about these five steps and sign up to join the journey.
It's time to act. Let's help each other do just that.
Alongside you in the pursuit of Jesus,
Uninformed action can be worse than no action at all. That's why everything needs to start with education. Once a month we'll be choosing one resource (book, film, lecture, etc.) to learn from and process together in a group discussion format. You're welcome to participate as much or as little as you're able.
We've all made mistakes and contributed to the problem of racial injustice. Ignoring this reality does no good. We need to repent of our own personal sins and the sins of our communities. If you're interested in taking this step, we'll be sharing some resources and creating some spaces for both personal and collective repentance.
For those of us who are white, we need to embrace our need for black and brown authorities in our lives. We need to learn to submit and yield to those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. In a time like this, we may be tempted to jump right in and start trying to fix things. But the best posture is to support those already leading the charge.
Addressing generations of injustice will require sacrifice and generosity. If you're interested in financially supporting racial justice initiatives or minority-owned businesses, we'll be sharing various opportunities to do so. We'll also be inviting you to join a conversation about how Renewal Church can corporately give to just causes in our community.
In the end, our work is always secondary to God's. He is the one who will set all things right and make all things new. Recognizing that, we invite you to pray regularly for God to intervene and heal our deep wounds. You can receive weekly written prayers for your own personal use as well as information about corporate prayer gatherings and prayer walks.