Through many unpredictable timelines, life can leave you hopeless, in despair, and search of answers. PAIN, this four-letter word, can cripple the mind, striking the heart while simultaneously causing one to lose faith and hope. PAIN can challenge the mind, rendering behavioral patterns of a person’s will incapable of responding logically. PAIN can release a spiritual battle causing the believer to gasp for air under the confusion of hopelessness. PAIN can misrepresent the truth and what appears real within the mind’s cerebral cortex, forming temporary illusions resulting in continued setbacks. The enemy’s primary intention is to kill, steal, and destroy. We live in a continued state of pain and trauma—the pain of the past, present, and future. The trauma lived from day-to-day with COVID-19, infection rates continue to rise. The polarized political wearing of masks. Hospital beds across the county are filled with COVID-19 patients—the passing of people dying every day. Afghanistan, the political moorage is surrounding its controversy. Schools and the political fight surrounding masks or non-masking. Teachers and staff are dying from being on the front lines daily. The trauma and PAIN of today have a lasting imprint on the mind can leave the residue of PAIN of repeated trauma.
The events of today can still yield a bigger and brighter tomorrow. The dawn of a new day is upon us if, we the believer, the church will rally together as one. II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal the land” (KJV). If there ever was a time, then the time we are living in right now that the church would rise is now! However, we are divided trying to battle CRT (Critical Race Theory) and its relevance to the word of God and racism. Do I believe these principles are valid and have a place in conversation, yes but not in the contextual language of the word of God? We can address these principles in the contextual sense of systematic opposition of a marginalized group. Still, the linkage of a theoretical model to the word of God does not have a valid premise. Therefore, it continues to divide and separate the people of God. The enemy’s plot and the ploy are to divide, kill, steal, and destroy. As long as the enemy can us divided, then he wins.
It’s time for the people of God to rally as one. Bring our collective resources to reunite a vision of oneness so the world can see the true power of a loving God and Savior. Christ died for humanity so that we could be one with Him. We are calling all pastors, church leaders, denominational leaders, world-changers to a day of prayer for God to heal and restore this nation. A house divided cannot stand, but a house united can move mountains.
Dr. Derrick Love
Author & Associate Pastor