Be the answer to your frustration. It’s so easy to complain and so hard to actually act. Perhaps you can’t change everything. So what, do what YOU can do and leave the rest to God.
Choose to listen, not react. Let’s make this the year we admit to ourselves there is more we don’t know than we do know. Listen, not just to those around you. Seek out different voices and learn.
Read more. One simple way to seek out different voices is to read a challenging book like Michael Emerson’s Divided by Faith.
Embrace discomfort. Our world remains racially segregated because we refuse to be uncomfortable. The ability to embrace discomfort is a sign of Christian maturity.
Pray for transformation. Prayer requires honest humility that admits that WE NEED HELP. Admit your personal need for transformation. Then you can pray the same for your Christian community, city, country, and the world.
YOUR IDEAS. This list is far from exhaustive. Just meant to get you thinking. What are you going to change this year? Share in comments below.
Belkis Lehmann National Diversity Specialist Chi Alpha Campus Ministries
Chris Beard Pastor, Peoples Church Cincinnati
Sadell Bradley Pastor, New Life Covenant Cincinnati Brandon Wilkes Pastor, One Church Missouri
Our purpose is to help the church be an accurate representation of Christ's people to the campus in its: sacred creation (Acts17:26), diverse ethnic makeup (Rev. 7:9), supernatural oneness (Gal. 3:28), Jesus-centered unity(John 17:21), kingdom-ethic witness (Mt. 5:1-15, Luke 4:18-19) and reconciliation ministry(2 Cor. 5: 16-21, Eph. 2:14-22).
We do this through: 1. Mobilizing the unsent* 2. Equipping through training and resourcing 3. Helping plant campus ministries at HBCU's** 4. Building cross-cultural bridges between believers & congregations
*Unsent refers to ethnic minorities traditionally under-represented in missions **Historically Black College and Universities