My Day 3 Morning Agenda Today is the 3rd and final day of the Esther 4:16 Prayer and Fast. Esther fasted and prayed to God because she would have to approach King Ahasuerus on behalf of her people. Her people, the Jews, had a target on their backs. Haman was full of rage because Mordecai, Queen Esther's uncle, would not bow and give Haman reverence. Because of his pridefulness, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews in the kingdom.
Today, black people in America, are unjustly killed by white police officers and others. People like George Floyd are arrested, convicted and executed without due process. In response to this evil, black people say, "Black Lives Matter" to acknowledge the equality and injustice that remains in this country.
Below you will find an outline of the plan I followed on today as I prayed, sang and worshipped.
But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want; that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
2 Corinthians 8 : 15-16
The church of a loving God has an exceptional role to play in a world of inequality. This world is incapable of seeing people in the light of God's love. But the people of the light see it clearly. We know the injustices in our country but we are guilty of looking the other way. If it were not for the good Shepherd, we'd continue to ignore inequities. But we are our brother's and sister's keeper and, therefore, we are all responsible for lightening the unjust burdens carried by many. When that reality hits us, it will prompt us to get busy making sure that people do not have to deal with racism or any other "ism" that leads to inequality.
What About The Children?
Let's determine that the next generation of our children will not have to shoulder the weight of inequality alone. But what does that look like? When it is time to approve the church budget, how many God-fearing leaders have determined that the church must have a line for Equality? A way of balancing the scales created by a wicked world. Ensuring equality for all God's people is a privilege of the church of a loving God.
This is only a spark to the conversations that must occur. How will we close the obvious equality gaps existing in our congregations? We can't stop at supplying for the needs of people. God cares about our wants. The wants of our brothers and sisters must be equally supplied as well.
Praying a new generation of Christians will witness the love of God in its fullness. That point where we leave fear behind and fully have life and have it more abundantly.