Not Both/ And

imgresI don’t like to leave things out and certainly not people.  The former, I write a list for; the latter, I say a prayer for.  Like so many others, I know how it feels to be left out and seemingly forgotten.  Maybe I should prayerfully put myself on the list.

Likewise, we try to make decisions that are win- win versus win- lose.  In our attempts to appear progressive (whatever that means), many churches have decided to use gender- inclusive language in an effort to support God’s use of women and men both in Scripture and in ministry.  And God is receiving the same treatment with male pronouns removed altogether.

But, there are cases for which we must pick a side and race is one of them.  Being a Christian and a racist is simple impossible.  And I will prove it prayerfully with a list.

  1.  You cannot both love unconditionally and be racially prejudicial toward individuals or cultures.
  2. You cannot be both nonjudgmental and stereotype persons and people groups based on the social coloring of skin and/or physical features.
  3. You cannot believe in the kingdom of God and choose to self- segregate.
  4. You cannot both love yourself supremely and hate your neighbor unequivocally.
  5. You cannot believe in the power and authority of the Spirit and be ruled by the appearances of the flesh.
  6. You cannot both take up the cross of Christ and keep your social privileges.
  7. You cannot be both a person of faith and a person of fear.

In this case, it is either one or the other.  Pray about it and then, write your name on either list.

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