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June 12, 2020 - Part of the problem or part of the solution?

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Almost forty years ago I heard myself tell another man that I did not want to be part of the problem. Instead, I wanted to be part of the solution. I had taken our son to the YMCA field for a softball game. At that time, we had a church team. After dropping Bill off, I encountered a man who had left our church a few weeks before. I asked him why he left. He left for many of the same reasons that I was upset with our denomination at the time. As we talked, I heard myself saying that I was not leaving, because I wanted to be part of the solution. I wanted to do something to help change the United Methodist Church. Little did I know what God would do with my decision.


I think that the church today finds itself in a position where we can be part of the solution. Our country is in turmoil over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Racial turmoil has been simmering for some time. We, the Church, have done little more than give voice to the problem. The reality is that our churches are still one of the most segregated places on Sunday morning.


I do not have a step by step program to follow any more than I did years ago. I do know that I did two things that God used. The first was to submit control to God. The second was to make this a constant part of my prayer life. I am convinced that If we, the church, the Body of Christ submit control to God and come together in prayer calling on God to act, God will do so. How God will use us, I do not know. What I do know is that when the church unites in prayer, God acts. Every revival has been proceeded by the church uniting in prayer.


That is how we become part of the solution. Are you going to be part of the solution? Doing nothing is part of the problem.


Lord God lead us to be part of your solution. Amen.


Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

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