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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— All rights reserved.

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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James curry bennett jr

January 22, 2014  11:45pm

If you're gonna use an example to spread God's word it should be someone other than Rodney King. What about the people who caused the deaths and the 50 billion in damages? Maybe you should be preaching to them about not fighting evil with evil. Or at least taking responsibly for your actions and stop placing the blame on someone else. This week seems to me like someone wasn't at all interested in sharing Gods word but wanting to just share their personal feelings about racism and try to make white people feel guilty to be born white.If we are gonna use someone as an example try Tony Dungy or Tony Evans or what Martin Luther king actually believed in. These are and were Godly men. The real problem isn't racism, the problem is, we don't have enough men to take a stand for Christ and be the Godly man we are called to be even in our own home and our children will pay the price for it. We have too many fatherless children growing up without their hero (dad) and are without a godly example.

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