Many years ago, I had a meeting with a black pastor in his office. My reason for the meeting was that I was leaving his church, a congregation consisting of half whites and half blacks. I explained my reasons for leaving.
He then took off his shoes and held them up for me to look at them. “Larry, you couldn’t walk in my shoes or any black man’s shoes,” he said and quickly dismissed me.
My reason for leaving was a doctrinal disagreement and had nothing at all to do with our skin colors. Yet he was not able to see past my white skin and hear what I was really saying.
I walked out of his office, totally confused and hurt by our conversation. I thought our relationship was built on our love of Jesus, our fellowship with each other, and the many family meals we shared together.
But I was so naive and wrong.
You see, I didn’t see the hundreds of years of bitterness buried in his heart.
…For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. (Matthew 12:34 NLT)
How many calamities like Dallas, Ferguson, Baltimore, and others must America endure before we realize that the poisonous roots of bitterness are destroying our nation?
My prayers today:
Lord, I come boldly to Your throne of grace asking for sufficient mercy and grace to help us Americans so that no one shall fall short of the grace of God and end up in bitterness. (Based on Hebrews 4:16 and Hebrews 12:15)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
Join with me on Thursdays to fast and pray for America.