A Cry for Unity
Theme of the Week: Practicing Unity
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people. (Romans 12:18, CEB)
Dig Deeper: Romans 12:14-21
Remember Rodney King's now famous cry for unity, "Can't we all get along?" King was desperately trying to add his voice to the rallying cry of many to stop the 1992 riot in Los Angeles. This African-American man had been the victim of police brutality at the hands of four white Los Angeles policemen in March 1991. When the officers were acquitted, the verdict set off six days of fiery and violent unrest. Looting, assault, arson, and even murder occurred. Property damage topped 50 billion dollars, and dozens of people lost their lives. Later, at a federal trial, two of the officers were found guilty and sent to prison. But the damage had already been done. Racial unrest quickly swept across the country.
[For] those who live out Jesus's command to love your neighbor as yourself, King's question, "Can't we all get along?" is one they answer every day. Reconcilers live by the perspective that racial unity will happen only when each person takes full responsibility for improving the world. Imagine that: Rodney King—the victim—saw peacemaking and reconciliation as his personal responsibility. Until you take ownership of the global problem of racial justice and bridge building, you will not be motivated to leave your comfort zone.
—David D. Ireland in The Skin You Live In
My Response: How might God be calling me out of my comfort zone for the sake of peacemaking and reconciliation?
Thought to Apply: Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last.—Corazon Aquino (first female president of the Philippines)
Adapted from—The Skin You Live In by David D. Ireland, copyright 2012. Used by permission of NavPress—navpress.com. All rights reserved.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to be persistent and patient in seeking out meaningful friendships with people from other cultures or ethnicities.
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