I know that I am late regarding this story ( see below); however I recently came across this story and how it all unfolded; just wanted to glean the real message here.
This story is very powerful and it hits me at the center of my core- it epitomizes what is necessary for the healing our nation to begin.
It begins with PFK Boom who is a community activist in Baltimore (who has been active in the protests regarding Tyrone West who died while in police custody) calling out Pastor Bryant (who had been active in the Baltimore community in the past) as selling out. Pastor Bryant later posted a response. That’s usually where the story ends as it pertains to the “faith community ” interacting with ” the community” and a dispute arises. That gives the ” faith community” the opportunity to throw up their hands and say ” we tried” and that’s it. However, this is different…
…everyone has been talking about ” coming to the table”. That’s it- simply talking- however, these men not only came to the table, but they reconciled , collaborated and hosted a community event on July 4th. Here you have various members of different faiths mixing it up with active community leaders working together because they took ownership of their respective responsibilities. They worked through their differences at the table rather than wait for people that they had long ago stopped waiting for – elected officials and such to embrace their responsibities to the people who had one time trusted them to supply resolutions.
Hopefully this is not an isolated occurrence of -the sanctuary coming to the streets and the streets coming to the sanctuary. I firmly believe that this is the best demonstration of the ” Great Commision” and unity in the community .
There are always so many opportunities to demonstrate this type of collaboration between the ” faith community” and ” the community”. Please pray ask God for the insight and the grace to do your part- utilize your gift(s). To whom much has been given , much is required”. Luke 12:48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Remember to get the vote out…