Text: Romans 12:15-16a – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.
When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s people believed in talking about everything; absolutely everything. In fact, being open was expected of us. Sometimes we put our foot in our mouth, or did not treat delicate subjects with adequate respect, but on the whole we had a lot of honest conversations.
Today, things have changed. People are afraid to say what they really think. The problem is not simply that we want to be careful not to offend; rather political correctness and cancel culture have put an end to many an honest conversation.
In between these two extremes is the reality that sometimes forging meaningful relationships is simply hard work no matter what the culture is telling us. This can be particularly true when we are divided by race.
In this final session of “Rising Above the Hatred”, I am going to offer some of my thoughts about why it is sometimes hard for us to make the relationships we want to make in the Body of Christ. What I share is not the “last word”, but hopefully it can help us to get a little further down the road.
Speaker: Pastor Robert Barnes