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"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.John 13:34-35

Lord Jesus, the evil events over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, break our hearts and fuel our disgust; intensify our longings for your return, and amplify our calling to peace-making.

How long, Oh, Lord? How long before the Day when all racism, prejudice and tribalism will be eradicated--replaced with love, honor and the richest community imaginable? We crave the Day of consummate reconciliation--the Day when supremacy will only be attributed to you.

United Nations won't be a building, but a reality. There won't be any insiders or outsiders; no "pecking order" or ordering one another around; no more nuclear war threats, or cars being used as agents of homicide. The only position that will be jockeyed for will be falling down on our faces to adore you, and then staying low to wash one another's feet. How long, Oh, Lord?

Finally, and fully, we'll love each other the way you love us, Jesus. Honoring one another above ourselves will be our delight, not our discipline. Diversity won't be tolerated, but celebrated. All of our relationships will be whole, beautiful, and joyful--the overflow of living in joyful, intimate relationship with you, our Father, and God the Holy Spirit. Soon, Lord, please soon.

We'll never fail or hurt one another again. We'll never have to apologize, forgive and reconcile about anything. Jesus, finally, your church--your beloved Bride, will love the way you love us. No more spats or splits; no more worship wars or wagging tongues; no more denominational petulance or theological arrogance; no more church shopping or church hopping; no more bickering, backbiting or bitterness. Yes, yes, yes!

Until then, Jesus, bring the power of the gospel to bear in extraordinary ways in our relationships, churches, and communities. Grant us greater grief and repentance over the ways we love poorly. Stun us, humble us, and gladden us... again and again and again... with glory and grace. There is no other way we'll change. So very Amen, we pray, with conviction and hope, in your grace-full name.


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5 thoughts on “Charlottesville, Racism, Christ Supremacy, and the New Command”

  1. Tammy Bullock says:

    I am African American and thankful for the voice of pastors like yourself who speak the truth of the gospel in this beautifully articulated prayer! We are angry and tired, yet this reminder of our hope in Christ is a balm for the soul – thank you!

  2. Emily says:

    This is a beautiful sentiment, but I don’t hear any of the acknowledgement of the pain and suffering directly impacting people of color in America. Many Americans are waiting for the day “when all racism, prejudice and tribalism will be eradicated–replaced with love, honor and the richest community imaginable” .
    How can reach that if our religious leaders speak of only the dream of unity without reflecting on the pain and racism our brothers and sisters experience each day?

    1. Rich Thomas says:

      Everybody can’t say everything that needs to be said at every moment. I appreciate your thoughts and concerns, but it isn’t right to criticize a man for what he doesn’t say in one prayer on one day. It is better to take what IS said appreciate it, being thankful for the heart of the man who says it, than to pick apart and criticize because he didn’t write every single thought in his heart in one post.

  3. mdb says:

    “How can reach that if our religious leaders speak of only the dream of unity without reflecting on the pain and racism our brothers and sisters experience each day?”
    Emily, I think this is the problem. We want the dream of unity. The dream of unity will only come if we move on. That’s the only way. Dwelling, revelling, rehashing, the pain everyone experiences…what does that accomplish? More anger and bitterness. What would be best for everybody is if we came together, said God loves all of us regardless of color, and then moved on, together.

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