Kingdom Action Steps: Leading Through Discomfort
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9 ESV
To all the kingdom men who have been challenged by the topic of racism, whether by personal experiences of prejudice or in coming to grips with the hidden racism that dwells in all of our hearts, the Lord knows that you are uncomfortable. Jesus warned that the road of discipleship was a hard one, and as such we should not expect comfort. You have been given a commission by the Lord, and just like a commission in the armed services, that commission comes along with an expectation that you surrender your will to the betterment of the kingdom. You don’t have to like it, but you have to do it. Here’s what that means for our discussion on race:
The Lord Christ has called us to be leaders of the kingdom, and to bring the Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit wherever you go. As we’ve discussed, God’s kingdom is one of unity for all mankind. The divisions of race should never be stronger than the bonds of fellowship we share as we are knit together as one body, with Christ as the head. Therefore, as the Lord has commanded, be strong and courageous in your efforts to engage others in discussions of race. The spirit of God is with you wherever you go, and with a humble heart we can accomplish so much by just simply talking about things that make us uncomfortable. We can take back the land that was promised to us, like Joshua was originally commanded, if we courageously trust that the Lord will not return void what is offered in faith. This land that we are taking back has been spoken about by many, but none so eloquently as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
You don’t have to like it, but you have to do it.
Decide, right now, that when you are given the opportunity to discuss race in a safe environment, that you will not shy away or remain silent. You will enter the conversation humbly with a posture of learning and you will bring the Kingdom to that conversation. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.