Voice of the Middle Ground
For All of Us
We’re a gospel-centered and grace-filled organization made up of people dedicated to affirming and embracing the diversity God has created both in our churches and in our world.
Standing Together: Reflecting Jesus’ Heart
A note from our founder, ruth jefferson
There are those who say that peace won’t bring about the change we want to see in this country and in our world. There are voices who insist that the police, white people, or others we perceive as having power and privilege cannot possibly understand the Black experience and are therefore not capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with us in our battle for equality.
But, what I have to say is this: If we truly believe in what we’re standing for, it will require working together with those who do not look like us, with civilians, and also with officers of the law who are willing to stand with us, shoulder to shoulder.
The Biblical Basis
As I say this, I’m reminded of a story from the Bible from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 20 verses 22-23. The mother of two of Jesus’ followers came to Jesus on behalf of her sons and asked if they could sit at his right and at his left in heaven. Jesus’ response was this:
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
Jesus. His mission was and is to seek and to save those who are lost, to usher them into the kind of freedom that recognizes neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free but that instead recognizes the eternal nature of the soul (Galatians 3:28, NIV). But the way that he would usher in this new covenant, this new age of freedom was through his suffering, death, and resurrection. And this was something that none of them could understand. Today, we don’t understand.
Jesus’ Response Guide Ours
Jesus’ response to them wasn’t anger. It wasn’t to lash out against his disciples. Instead, knowing that they would never understand what he would experience, Jesus invites them to journey with him, to walk alongside him, learn from him, and even charges them with carrying out his mission, not only in his home region but throughout the world.
And so it is with us. The greatest challenge that we face today is not that of flesh and blood but of the spirit. Because it is from the devil and his evil forces that the evils of racism and injustice flow (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
Because of this, it is important that we come together, that we work together as one to move against this greater enemy and to embody the change we wish to see in this world.
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