On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States. President Obama ran his campaign based on two words: hope and change. Now eight years later, many African-Americans are finding it hard to have much hope and most are crying out for change.
Instead of giving you my opinions about what’s going on in America today, I wanted to focus on the Word of God. In the opening few chapters of Exodus, God’s Word tells us about a huge racial divide in Egypt between the Egyptians and the Hebrews. In Chapter 2 we’re introduced to Moses, who is specifically called by God to step up and do something.
After God gets Moses’ attention in the form of a burning bush, God says:
“I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.” —Exodus 3:7
Before we go any further let me make something very clear: I am in NO way trying to connect the Egyptians to the police officers or white people, and the Hebrews to black folks. The point to be made is that there is a group of God’s people who are suffering and crying out to Him. The good news is that God not only hears their cry, but He has a plan to solve their problems.
One of God’s solutions is Moses. But before God can use Moses to do the work He called him to do, there are four issues Moses must reconcile. I believe they’re the same issues every individual must reconcile in order to help America achieve racial reconciliation. Why is that important? Because God is calling all of us to step up and do something.
In Exodus 3:11-12 Moses says, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” To which God says don’t worry about that: “I will be with you.”
If you aren’t comfortable in your own skin, it’s hard to accept someone who has different skin from yours, and because of that you cannot be effectively involved in racial reconciliation.
In Exodus 3:13 Moses asks God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
If you don’t know who the one true God is, and what He did by sending Jesus Christ to redeem all people, then you cannot be effectively involved in racial reconciliation.
In Exodus 4:1 Moses asks God, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?”
If you’re so concerned about what other people think that you elect not to speak up, then you cannot be effectively involved in racial reconciliation.
In Exodus 4:10 Moses says to God, “Please Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
If you are solely focused on what you don’t have, then you’re naturally going to look at those who you deem to have more than you in a negative way. If this is the case, you cannot be effectively involved in racial reconciliation.
In order to have true racial reconciliation in this country, we must learn to identify with each other’s pain and stand together in solidarity. That means, when you see something that just doesn’t seem right, you have to call it what it is, deal with the root cause of the issue, and use it as a teaching tool for the next situation.
May God have mercy on us all.
Don Davis is a regular contributor to The Increase. He provides monthly articles and opinions.
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