Confronting and Conforming
It took me awhile to write this blog because I was forward thinking while my spirit was in reverse. Once I took the time to hear what my heart was saying, I surrendered to a journey yet traveled. As I listen to news report after news report, fake news included, I noticed my hope was being slowly suctioned from my spirit and that is totally unacceptable for me. While hope is ever available, it also needs to be forever protected. I began to seek God about why my optimism was under attack. ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:’ and of course, God answered.
With all of the uproar in our nation, I find myself longing for the desires penned in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Although the words were loosed from his lips on August 28, 1963, here I am in 2020 craving for the same equality pled by this anointed preacher. Particularly I pray, the ‘promissory note’ written by the ‘architects of our Republic’ will no longer be a figment of our imagination but will be a tangible document ready for deposit. Dr. King said, ‘This note was a promise that all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is still obvious today, that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds”.’ I was always taught, never write a check you could not cash and this country that I love, and I have served, has failed to keep her promise to people of color and the church is not to be silence in her seeing.
Many churches have decreed this to be the year we see it, or the year the vision is clear, something along those lines. I say, we have been seeing it and the vision has been clear. What I see I do not like and no matter how many times I change the lens, what I see is not what God has spoken or designed for His people. What then is our, PreacherWoman’s, position with all of the degradation and destitution that surrounds us? It really is simple and complex at the same time. Transformation!
I strongly believe the church cannot expect legislation to do what God has missioned the church to do in totality. We, the change agents of the world, have been anointed and appointed to share the ‘good news’ of our transforming God! Listen, this is no easy feat and I would be irresponsible to lead you to believe so. The world cannot and will not change if we cannot or will not. As we continue with our study ‘Conformed to His Image’, our personal transformations will affect our Jerusalems, Judeas, Samarias and ultimately the uttermost. As we become more like Christ, our influence will deepen and broaden.
This year we will continue to focus on personal development and ministry strengthening. With Christian Education and Spiritual Formation connecting to ensure our monthly programming is relevant and relatable, we enter this year with a conviction to becoming better, even if it means being broken first.
We are also preparing to embark on another awards gala. This year we will be honoring another class of phenomenal preaching women. Women, who again, who has served God with a spirit of excellence. Notice I did not say perfection. Through the bumps and bruises attached to the call to serve at a greater level, we honor and applaud those who refuse to compromise, but who have rather chosen to complete their assignment at whatever the cost.
We are not all work and no play, our retreat this year will be just that, a retreat. Kingdom women will converge in Branson, MO with the purpose of digging deeply into the self-care and sisterly bonding we oftentimes disregard due to always pending obligations. The gathering is being held away from our norms so that we will not be distracted by the goings on of our day-to-day lives. How then does this play out as we move about during the election year? Again, it is simple and complex at the same time. While we give the best of ourselves in service, we must be able to be in order that we may give. There is something special about a woman who is whole! While we rest, we are reinforced and reaffirmed in our mission to take our rightful places in every part of our society.
This country will continue to write fraudulent checks if she does not confront her issues and conform to the image of God. We, the daughters of the promise, are determined to ensure God’s name is made great in the world in which He created.
Again, in the words of Dr. King, ‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It will be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment’. It is past time. The melting pot is boiling over and its cooling agent is not merely found in legislature written by hearts unchanged. As we head to the polls in November, we take our poles as fishers of men!