Sunday, May 04, 2008

Prayer for Reconciliation

I appreciate Joel Hamernick's thoughtful response to the discussions engendered by the statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I, too, am saddened by the huge racial divide, especially among people who call themselves Christians. I recently received an email indicating that a Breakthrough donor is going to cut off donations to Breakthrough and other ministries that support African Americans because most African Americans are supporting Obama, who has been mentored by Rev. Wright! We have so much work to do in bridging the racial divide and at times, it seems especially now, it is very painful. I grieve. My people can be so cruel and "miseducated". Please forgive us!

I have always tried to lead Breakthrough in a way that unites rather than divides Christians, but I am learning that there are times when we have to simply release people and pray for their reconciliation.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)
Jesus' prayer...
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)

4 comments:

Shlomo said...

B"H

Hi Arloa,

I fully share your sadness and concern regarding the deep racial and cultural divisions within the Body of Believers. This topic is my greatest passion. I applaud you for your courage and faith as you have stood for the unity of the Body when it has sometimes been the unpopular thing to do.

May the LORD continue to bless and sustain you and the work you are doing through Breakthrough Ministries.

Shlomo

Arloa Sutter said...

Thanks Shlomo. I am more committed than ever to keep hoping, praying and working for unity and reconciliation in the church of Christ. Appreciate your comradery brother.

These Three Kings said...

wow.. I am there wit you my sister.. cant wait to read more.. I founf your blgo through a search
Grace and Peace,
Nicole

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

Arloa,
Hang in there, and let that guy go. People who believe in unity of all believers (like me) will pick up the slack.
the question becomes--do you have to fully understand someone to love them? Maybe not.
Keep up the good work. We'll be down there tomorrow morning to serve breakfast!
Keri