We have never stepped into a moment like the one we are currently experiencing. But while this situation is new, our calling has not changed. The gospel is still the most important message in the world, and we are still called upon to tell it.
As believers, we are called to run toward tragedy and not away from it. Faithful Christians have done this throughout many generations. Let's be faithful in this moment to be the hands and feet of Christ caring for the sick and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
Let the local church be faithful in this moment, acting as the hands and feet of Christ, caring for the sick, and pointing people to ultimate hope in him.
On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a small, solitary jail cell in Birmingham, reading a newspaper article written by several white clergymen. Dr. King immediately began composing a response in the margins of the newspaper itself. And four days later, having gotten some paper from his lawyer, he finished and sent the now famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.”
Our city doesn’t need more enormous, mono-ethnic churches. Our country doesn’t, either. What our neighbors need are churches who can show what it looks like when the gospel saves diverse people, brings them together, and unites them in a faith community.
Last year, after accepting the nomination for presidency of the SBC, I laid out my prayers for our Convention. One year in, as we prepare again for our annual meeting, I am just as excited to see God moving in every one of these areas.