All Lives Do Matter, Don't They?

Depending on what media outlet you choose to get your news, information, and facts from, the message to the left raises a challenge I’d like you to ponder. It ends with a question that asks the reader to consider being open to a possibly different conversation. Taking into consideration of watching and listening to different news-media organizations than what you usually tune in to.

Why would I ask such a thing?

Through the last month, we’ve been studying the book of Acts where followers of Jesus, both Jews and Gentiles, are working out (through the Holy Spirit - Acts 15:23-29) how to be followers of Christ together, regardless of race (ethnicity), differing backgrounds or experiences.

Like those early Christians, God calls us to be ministers of reconciliation (1 Cor. 5:18) and to take up the cross.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24).

Can we take up the challenge (the cross) of watching and listening to another news outlet to hear a possibly different perspective and experience?

“Listeners often hear something for which they are unprepared, and even things they would rather not hear. There is vulnerability associated with listening, a sphere we enter where, as open listeners, we may meet the unexpected or the unwanted. The process of listening is not always in our control, and what we hear may shake us up or wake us up. Good listening is a way of learning about ourselves and growing into a new awareness” (Doris Donnelly).

An opportunity to stretch our faith as people of an inclusive God (Acts 10:34).


Pastor Michael

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