This Thanksgiving weekend me and Shelby are with our families in the near north suburbs of Detroit. If you know anything about the history of Detroit you know that we’re a city well acquainted with racial unrest. Race riots were common in decades past and today many look nervously at the area’s expanding Muslim community; one of the largest in the country.
Verse seven of our passage this morning gives us the key to racial and social reconciliation. You doubt me? Think of the implications. Instead of seeking justice for himself (which would have resulted in our eternal separation from God), Christ forgave at His own expense. He didn’t look at us with skeptical eyes looking to pass judgment and condemn us for our shortcomings, He came and and saw that we “…were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” So what’s my easy answer for our tendency to hate instead of empathize? Accept one another as Christ has accepted you. Stop looking for justice for yourself and seek justice for others. From Ferguson MO. to Ferry Ave. neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan; the only thing that will fix us is the selfless love of Christ.