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The city of Baltimore is experiencing unrest as they are mourning and responding to the death of Freddie Gray. When injustices take place, regardless of where it happens or who it happens to, it matters how the church responds. During a press conference with the Baltimore mayor and other city leaders, Pastor Jamal Bryant shared enlightening words as he echoed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “riots are the voice of the unheard.” As Pastor Bryant brought an intimate perspective to take into consideration of a generation that feels unheard, he shares this important truth “the sound of justice always sounds louder than the sound of violence.” It is only natural for any one person to be affected when tragedies, as what has taken place to Freddie Gray, and the Gray family; but, how we respond, is what sets one apart. “…we want justice and not revenge. Revenge never takes the place of justice.” As the Body of Christ, we can learn a lot from how the pastors in Baltimore are demonstrating how we to stand in response instead of watching what’s going on. See the full statement from Pastor Bryant, and so much more. Greg and John also shared in this hour. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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For all vessels in their respective Navies and fleets, there are signals and messages that are shared on radio communications. These particular messages are used to broadcast immediate situations, immediate status, etc. One particular message is: “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” This is also known as a distress signal. All listeners on a particular station would immediately understand the implications and urgency of such a transmission. When Paul Revere arose in darkness to awake a sleeping people of the coming British, he sounded the warning call, “THE BRITISH ARE COMING!”! His bold and clear response in a time of impending tragedy roused a people to respond. When we look at some of the events that are taking place in the world today, we are seeing America at the negotiating table with Iran, a nation that is openly against Christians and Jews, we are seeing nation rise against nation, the explosion of persecution against Christians, and much more. Is America in a “MAYDAY!” moment? Is it the right time to sound the distress call to wake a sleeping nation from the impending attacks coming? Find out what is taking place and the signs that point to the critical days that we are living in, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment.
As we see these things, we as the Body of Christ should not fear or fret, but look up as it is these signs that highlight; our redemption draws near. What should we, as the church, do at a time like this? How should we respond amidst such calamity and devastation? Love. Jesus gives us clear direction in John 17:23, “…that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” The greatest thing that we can do is love each other. We must return to the simplicity and power of relating as family, as God calls us to; as the church. When we look at the life of Jesus, it wasn’t about building huge organizations; it was about loving the people around Him. We can see where we are in our hearts, by how we are responding to the cataclysmic events taking place in the sea of humanity all around us. There is something beautiful that unfolds in the moments of family and the journeys of walking out relationships together. Hear the profound impact of simply relating to one another, the original intent of the Church, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment.