Offense seems to come from everywhere. A quick read of social media proves that half of everyone on it seems to be angry about something pretty much all the time. Christians don't seem to be much different. Perhaps it shouldn't be so. ©2017 Mike Kerby & Jesus' Outsider Ministries
Monday, August 21, 2017
We are living in the most volatile times I can remember. Evil, bigotry, violence, and hatred seem to be running amok. In these dark days, where does the church and the individual follower of Christ fit? What can we do to face this evil? ©2017 Mike Kerby & Jesus' Outsider Ministries
Saturday, August 19, 2017
I have the fruit on the tree, if you will. For several years, I served in a number of ministries working towards racial and denominational reconciliation, most of whom lead by black pastors. My lovely bride and I spent fifteen years in inner city ministry. During that time, I served as teaching and administrative pastor in a mixed race congregation and community outreach center. We lived in a mixed race neighborhood for thirteen years that became a predominantly black neighborhood. I'm not saying all this to brag but more as a pedigree so that my credibility might be established.
It's so easy to stand against the obvious hate. The KKK and other white supremacist groups are overt and blatant in their hatred of other races especially blacks and jews. Since many people I care about fall into both of these groups, the idea that anyone would want to hurt them for no reason other than the color of their skin fills me with a rage that only time and prayer can calm. Opposing their filthy ideology is the only rational thing to do but not with violence. As the Scriptures say:
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Monday, August 14, 2017
I cannot be silent in the wake of the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two groups filled with hate clashed leaving at least one dead and multiple injuries. Evil is evil no matter which side of the aisle it's from. In its midst, does the church fit? How did we get here? ©2017 Mike Kerby & Jesus' Outsider Ministries