Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,
As I write this to our faithful and devoted community of radical followers of Jesus Christ, I am thinking about the experience of being with the next generation of kingdom builders. Monday, March 28th about 300 Vanderbilt students gathered in the Student Life Center to dialogue about Race and Faith. Ashley, one of the organizing students who has attended the Encounter@Edgehill along with others, organized an exceptional gathering of students and invited me to open the dialogue.
The group was a coalition of Christian fellowships from the Vanderbilt campus. Here’s their purpose statement, “As a united body of Christ, we hope to foster dialogue under the Gospel to promote diversity and unity in the face of racial division for the glory of Jesus Christ, the Hope of all nations.” Gathering with these students reflected all nations and we heard stories from students who have experienced pain, hatred, grief and hardship and also the peace that Christ brought them. Students were talking about praying, unity and racial reconciliation, and the Scripture read came from John 17:22:
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.”
These students brought eternal hope to me. In a country that is “socially and spiritually stuck,” the Spirit of God emerged with clarity and passion. Contrary to what we see and hear, there are places where unity in the body of Jesus Christ is happening.
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom: “Through Christ, Unity is possible!”
As always, remember, God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!