Ashamed to Die

Hand of MLK

“You should be ashamed to die until you’ve made some contribution to mankind.” So spoke the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he quoted his predecessor pastor, Rev. Vernon Johns, of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. In the 21st century, taking the gospel of Christ to all the world is the greatest contribution to mankind that the African American Christian community can make. If we don’t make this a priority, we should surely be ashamed to die.

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Is it time yet?

In the early 1980's I sat on the forth row of my college church. Little did I know that a young lady would speak that day and share words that would change the course of my life forever. It must have been providence that our paths would cross at that moment, for I’ve never seen her again, yet her message haunts me even to this day.

She was just returning from a short-term mission trip to South Africa. In that day, she had to be declared an “honorary white” to travel and minister with her colleagues. What really struck me was this comment: she said some South Africans were resistant to accepting the gospel message because they had never seen a Black missionary spreading the news. Hearing that, I was knocked out of my comfortable space as I soberly realized that our absence on the mission field was actually hindering the spread of the gospel. Since that time, one of my great desires has been to see more African Americans respond to the Great Commission.

What is so exciting is that these days, our involvement in cross cultural missions seems to be growing. I have been overjoyed meet other African American missionaries. I have been Excited (with a capital E!) to talk to several this year who are preparing for long-term assignments in other parts of the world. I believe God is moving and stirring us up! I have long awaited such a time as this. Could the time be now?! One pastor said, "Only God can make a wave, let's just be ready to ride it!" Do you see a wave of the Spirit moving among us?

Jesus: Lord, Locked and Loaded

Was Jesus packing?  I only asked because inquiring minds want to know.  Was He strapped?  Was the Lord carrying a concealed weapon?  Was the  Christ armed?  I know these may seem like heresy and to say the least undignified questions.  However, the matter came up as I was reading a passage of the Bible that referred to the advice the Lord gave to His
disciples, just shortly before His arrest. Here it is as recorded in Luke's gospel.

Lu 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
Lu 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
Lu 22:38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

 

Now I have not had the privilege of Biblical study in a seminary.  I have yet to hear a sermon preached on this.  I have read a few commentaries on this passage.  To say the least, I am as confused as ever.

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