Lutheran Church has a vision.
is to say the people of God who are gathered as Grace and sent as Grace have a
vision. The vision drives us as a
movement who live and serve out there in this great big world.
you catch that – “a movement!”
a spirit filled movement of grace in the world.
vision: A radically inclusive, multicultural community who serve and lead
together with the love of Jesus!
gave us this new vision in 2019. We have been working to faithfully live into
this vision. A time such as May 2020 and
the protest movement on behalf of George Floyd and so many others in the black
community remind us exactly why God laid this vision on us as the church.
have work to do.
have vision and voice in which to give.
have actions that we can take.
go to work on dismantling the systems of racism that have long held everyone in
is demonic. White privilege has
perpetuated the long reach and grip of racism. God is calling on all people throughout the world to dismantle this
system and to bring life – full life – for everyone.
inclusive – radically inclusive – radically inclusive.
saying it. Begin to work towards it in
people have a seat at the table? Are the
voices of the poor, powerless, and historically disenfranchised given the mic
and truly listened to? Do our ministries
and relationships reflect this ongoing work?
community – multicultural community – multicultural community.
saying it. Keep working towards it
specifically in our church. Why is
Sunday morning the most segregated time within the world’s week? Is this what God imagined? The Pentecost Spirit would say no and within
our bones we know that is true as well!
zip code represents one of the most racially diverse communities in the United
States. God has brought this diversity
together so that we can embody the new humanity that God has always desired us
– purposeful living – advocacy – compassion - protesting – listening –
dismantling demonic systems - and so much more is the work of the church.
midst of being overwhelmed by it all it can become way too easy to sit in our
homes and simply do nothing.
nothing is not part of the vision. The
vision is to serve and lead together. That means spirit filled movement.
something. Do anything.
not make the choice to do nothing.
the love of Jesus – with the love of Jesus – with the love of Jesus.
is what drives us. In our struggles we
keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus.
When Jesus witnessed someone being destroyed by the powers of his day,
he leaned into those people and places and brought about radical life
change. He never backed down in
fear. He led with love.
Will you lead with love? Will you declare not with a whisper but with
loud declaration that Black Lives Matter? Jesus stands among us and declares it, “Black Lives Matter!”
Susan and I have talked with our kids about the atrocities heaped upon the
black community in America, my heart has been torn to pieces in seeing the
horror in their eyes. They simply cannot
imagine a world – a people – that does that.
all have that same sense of horror and instead of closing our blinds to a world
that is living that way we rise up in creating that radically inclusive
multicultural community who serve and lead together with the love of
Jesus. God help us to give our lives to