But He needed to go through Samaria (John 4:4)
As your pastor it is my responsibility to shepherd us into true discipleship. True discipleship always intentionally seeks to bring light into dark situations.
And here we are again, Louisiana and Minnesota. It was around this time last year when we discussed the igniting of the obvious powder keg. Not only has the fuse been lit, but many racial bombs have exploded. What is happening to our nation and what are we as believers doing about it? What should we do about it as a church and as individuals? If we are doing something, are we doing enough? As a black man with numerous Caucasian friends and acquaintances, I occasionally hear very interesting and somewhat offensive racial comments slip out. I often think "Did they realize what they just said?" I am not saying that I think these dear people are racist but it does mean that there is some thought process there.
My heart is grieved at all of the racial tension we see building in our country. I am also concerned with all the natural segregation I see on Sundays by many ethnic groups. Is this ok? I know it is not intentional. People simply have a certain affinity to styles of worship, preaching and fellowship. It is ingrained in them from the culture that they grew in. So, is this ok? Should we do things differently? If we do choose to do things differently, this means it’s going to take work. We must be intentional. It means we must constantly and consistently be moving out of our comfort zone. I truly believe this is why we have so many problems in our marriages and other relationships: we simply don’t want to change or think of others more than ourselves and our own desires.
In this message, we are going to be challenged once again to do something different--to do what Jesus did. We will look at the Word and then discuss intentional ways to make a change because we are the “Salt and the Light”. We are the agents of change. We are the ones that God has purposed to use to bring healing and minister reconciliation in our community and world.
As I read John 4:4, I truly believe that the need to go through Samaria was not merely a geographical consideration, but a divine compulsion. I want us all to be thinking about this because at the end of the service. I will ask us “How are we feeling divinely compelled?”