1 Corinthians 14:33 

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

0:00-0:31 – I was having a hard time understanding why our churches didn’t speak on issues of injustice, oppression, the poor, the least of these and what God says about them (as seen in the scriptures specifically Psalm 82-2-4). I mean inside church we are dealing with these same issues. Does God talk about these issues? You know in all my 32 years of life, I’ve never heard anyone speak on these particular scriptures about these issues. Why don’t our schools ever speak on Black figures in history that made strides and impacts in their communities and the nation? Why is Martin Luther King most notedly known for the “I Have A Dream” speech? Why is he so beloved now, but was called a terrorist for speaking on Civil Rights back then? Why isn’t our narrative controlled by us? Why are so many people leaving the church body? Why are we so focused and preaching on hope all the time? Why are we quiet in our pulpit on these issues? Why aren’t we going out and taking stands against systemic oppression? Why aren’t we collaborating with leaders and organizations in our communities to raise awareness and create programs together? Why are we separating issues of systemic oppression from the church? Aren’t people in our congregation going through this every day? What is political about my circumstance and life? Being black isn’t political. Why is the mission field always out of the country? What about here? Where is our focus? What about the Great Commission? Am I the only one seeing this? Where am I while things are happening in my community? Why aren’t I speaking up?

God started revealing scriptures to me in the middle of the night. I couldn’t sleep.

0:32-1:11 – I began praying to God about these issues. I was seeing and learning at the same time of many people in history who creatively tried to combat systemic oppression. The scriptures God showed me resonated with the mission He began to sow into my life. He revealed with whom this mission was for. I had to remove my anxieties and fears away and let God take over.  My free will allowed me to stay stagnant and behind the scenes. I chose His will. Through prayer, God continues to show me the way through my stubbornness and fear. I’m pushing forward with Him leading the way.

My heart is heavy and ready for His next steps.

1:12-1:32 – Through that pushing forward, God has equipped me with a plan and I’m following His lead. I’m Driven For Him. I’m no longer running away from my calling. This is my mission field.

1:33-1:52 – These are some of the scriptures God continues to reveal to me in my walk and mission for Him. Let’s begin to speak on these issues in our congregations and create change in our communities.

Amen.