• Shaunda Mathieu

Still Jesus

While many are calling for social justice and rightfully so, I feel a deep conviction in my soul to remind front line leaders in the Body of Christ (pastors, preachers, teachers, etc...) of something very important. In critical and pertinent times such as what we are facing today, we must resist the overwhelming urge to say what people want to hear. Everyone is looking for guidance and leadership amidst these dismal and uncertain times, but I am here to remind you that the message and potency of the Gospel can stand alone. It does not need any help. The Greek word for gospel is Kerygma: (pronounced Kuh-rig-ma). It is the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remember what Moses told Israel in Deuteronomy Chapter 4? It's okay if you don't - I got you.

"Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I gave you." Deut 4:2

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4:2

Don't let up preaching and talking about Jesus! I know you have seen people making fun of our cries for this nation to "turn back to God" or our "thoughts and prayers" toward someone who has lost a loved one unfairly; as though there is no power left in prayer. Please... see it, but keep moving in the vein in which you are moving. Pray for them. Pray that they will soon experience the unmerited power of effectual prayer so they too will be convinced. There are voices who are anointed and called to speak on behalf of our civil liberties and social justices. I admire them. I connect with them. I listen to them. That is their area of expertise. How can you not respect someone who has spent years training/educating themselves and who is well-qualified to stand at the helm and carry us further.

I am not saying that you cannot hold your fist in the air, peacefully protest, post and tweet in support of the disparities and racial injustices that are taking place all over our very sick nation. What I am saying is to bloom where you are planted. Know who you are and be crystal clear of your own purpose. Like Esther, God has positioned you for such a time as this! Why would you change, alter, or water down your message now? That would be like a highly trained war soldier upon deployment to the front line of battle, squatting in a yoga position and commencing to meditate.

No! That soldier is most effective when he or she does what they are trained to do. So do it, and do it well. The message of salvation never gets old, outdated, or irrelevant. He is the same yesterday, today or forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Rest assured that this day has not taken God by surprise. He knew it was coming. Hold steady and stay where you are. He always has, and always will be good enough.

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