If the events of what are taking place in Ferguson, Mo took place in Salisbury, how would we respond?
1. Who is our neighbor?
Read Luke 10:25-37
2. Look at the Cross
The crucifixion of Jesus was and is the greatest act of social injustice humanity will ever see. Yet, Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection were all necessary for sinners from all ethnicities to have equal opportunity to be lavished with forgiveness and redemption (Eph. 1:7).—D.A. Horton
3. We all fall short
It’s not about “us and them” but “we.”
Acts 17:26 (HCSB)
26 From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.
Romans 5:12 (HCSB)
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.
Romans 3:23 (HCSB)
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Galatians 3:28 (HCSB)
28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
4. We must be driven by a new identity
Colossians 3:11 (HCSB)
11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.
· We are not an Oreo. We are the body of Christ.
5. The church must shine
Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)
10 This is so God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.
· Our battle is not against flesh and blood. Show others Jesus.
6. Our church must look like the Kingdom
If we start to see more churches so alive to the gospel that they are not segregated out as “white” or “black” or “Hispanic” or “Asian” or “white collar” or “blue collar,” we will start to reflect something of a kingdom of God made up of those from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language (Rev. 5:9). And as we know one another as brothers and sisters, we will start to speak up for one another, including in the public square.—Russell Moore
7. We must take a holistic approach to our community
We must take an active approach in the arenas of community life. Don’t wait on the leadership—how is God leading you to be involved? Remember, you are missionary commissioned by Christ to make disciples of all ethnicities (Matt. 28:18-20).
8. Pray for those in Authority
We’re commanded to pray for everyone, especially those who are in authority (2 Tim. 2:1-4). Our command to do this is not dependent on the attitudes or actions of those in authority. The gospel reminds us that if our authority figures do not know Jesus, it is our privilege to pray for them and present them (if possible) with the gospel message.—D. A. Horton
9. Don’t Get Sucked In
Don’t believe the hype. Only God knows the whole story (Jer. 17:9). Our job is to live out the reality of Romans 12:9-21.
God, in His providence, has positioned you during this moment of redemptive history, so use it to His glory. Are we using this situation to show others the compassion and the hope of Christ? Remember, those around us are our neighbors in need of gospel-centered social justice that’s rooted in a healthy community of God-fearing, Christ-exalting, and Bible-saturated believers.