BACC reaches out to
proclaim the Gospel,
Reaches up to worship God
and Reaches in to nurture and
grow in faith and love.
"...choose this day whom you will serve,
…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
- Joshua 24:15
Joshua called the people to choose where their allegiance and devotion would lie. Every day we choose. We choose what will receive our loyalty. God has set before us the way of goodness and righteousness. It saddens and angers us to see people who choose hate. We have often wondered how extremist in other religions, in other countries, can spout hate and teach their children the way of hate. But here we are in our fair commonwealth, right in the middle of this pot of boiling hot hate.
We are perhaps tempted to think we can do nothing. I love the church because every Sunday we come and hear this prophetic challenge from scripture to work for justice and to keep on spreading love, even in the face of hate. I love the church because here we have a group of people who continue to affirm that we will not let hate win, we will hold on to our hope and we will be about Christ's mission of reconciliation and healing.
The challenge is before us to live out of our faith—to let our words and actions reflect God's love. It is tempting to adapt to our culture but as followers of Christ we have a higher calling. Our faith must inform all the choices we make. Our faith and the choices we make are the foundations of our character. What kind of people will we be? What will we teach our children? Pray always and believe that love conquers hate.
Jesus called us to choose love in all things. He said, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Rather than returning hate for hate we are called to pray for those whose lives are filled with hate. We pray for those who are victims of discrimination. We pray for those who are lost in bitterness, anger and hate. We pray that we may build a world where others may see and know God's love, grace and mercy. Let the light of God's love shine through you. I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.