Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Hurt and pain drove many to the polls on November 8, 2016. Hurt and pain is what many are feeling today.
There are fresh wounds now; other wounds have been around for a long time. The deep gulfs that divide our communities are on full display. Over the last few months, we have seen the way this election cycle emboldened forces of fear and unleashed a wave of hate against vulnerable peoples in our communities. Over the last few days, I have listened as brothers and sisters in Christ who are Hispanic, African American, poor, Muslim, LGBTQ and women have expressed fear and deep sadness because they do not feel secure in our communities.
This is not the first time our country has been divided. There have been times in our past where we have seen fear and uncertainty of a changing country ignite anger and anxiety.
Faith, at its core, is not about ignoring the state of the world around you or the challenges that lie ahead. Rather, it is found in the perseverance of working to make what seems impossible possible. And always, as Matthew 25 reminds us, our faith is judged by our treatment of those who society sees as “the least of these”. So we have work to do.
Bringing good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, unbinding the oppressed and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor, are never jobs that can be outsourced.
The change our world needs starts with your church.
In my time at New Baptist Covenant, I have seen rifts 7 generations old beginning to heal when partners come together, practice courageous listening and work side by side for justice. We know that reconciliation is only a façade if it ignores injustice and wrongdoing. It is only in the presence of an ever-deepening understanding that we can find unity. And this is the work that we are called to.
This election has made me believe now, more than ever, in the important work of New Baptist Covenant and I am fully committed to the mission God has placed before us.
As President Carter reminded us at this year’s summit, “We do not commit to reconciling Baptists because it is good for Baptists. We commit to reconciling Baptists because it is good for our communities.”
This year has been a great year of growth for us. We have over 220 churches under covenant partnerships, hundreds of pastors working and over 72,000 congregants engaged. Yet still there is more work ahead of us.
If you feel like I do—that our work is now more important than ever—would you consider supporting our mission and making a donation to the New Baptist Covenant today? If you want to support our work you can do so here.
The road is long but if we travel together, the Holy Spirit will guide us. I commit to you that the New Baptist Covenant will be your partner on the journey. We will continue to seek reconciliation with justice and hope you will join us on this path.
Your sister in Christ,