Our world is, seemingly, becoming more violent and chaotic. Simultaneously, what passes as journalism is devolving into armchair pundits and ad-driven, reactionary blogging. Our response to this morass shouldn't be to put our heads in the proverbial sand and hope for the best. You see, Jesus is still on the throne, has a plan, and is at work in the world. To find that plan we don't need a Ph.D. in missiology. We only need to be a part of a local church. Because it is through local churches, scattered across the world, that God is accomplishing his great work.
With that in mind, I wanted to point you to two resources on race, the church, and America.
First, the General Assembly of the PCA, just a few weeks ago, repented for our corporate sins during the Civil Rights era and appended to that confession a pastoral letter outlining our hopes for moving forward as a denomination, displaying the kind of racial reconciliation that the gospel demands. I commend them both to you to read and be encouraged that God is at work in his church confronting the very sins we see reported on more broadly in the world.
- Overture on Pursuing Racial Reconciliation and Advance of the Gospel
- A Pastoral Letter on Racism and the Gospel
Secondly, I want to remind you that, as a member of Christ Covenant, you've been involved in the work of multi-ethnic, urban church planting. You've prayed and given so that new churches can be planted in places that they will be major influences, helping to display the gospel in places more culturally volatile that Culpeper. Specifically, I urge you to continue to pray for, support, and read about Epiphany church in Camden, NJ, pastored by PCA teaching elder, Doug Logan. We've supported that church for over five years and are grateful for the ways that God is using them to plant future churches in urban areas.
Christ Covenant, God is at work, in ways that won't ever be reported in media outlets. Pray and be encouraged. The gospel is going forward.