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CHRISTMAS – THE SEASON FOR THE REASON OF HOPE

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The elections are over and we are heading into a new year with the uncertainty of what a new government will bring.  But no matter what has happened, who was elected, and our concern as to what the future holds, we are now in a season that we must be thankful and grateful for – that is Christmas, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

This season reminds us that there is a pregnant future, with the expectation that God is going to intervene, intercede and reconcile.  So we should not let the uncertainty of the moment disengage the expectation of the light and the life that is in Christ, because God is still functioning even under circumstances we may not fully understand.

God is doing more than the rational and so we cannot take the past few months of our political dispensation to negatively rationalize what we deem to be the future of our collective experience as a nation and a people.  Though we may walk through dark valleys, we should not be baptized into a state of materialism, idolatry or false patriotism because the experience of what God has done through the birth of Christ, and what He continues to do since His resurrection, is greater than any one moment in time of our history. 

Therefore, this season of the advent of the birth of Christ should interject an era of hope to know that God’s promise is still being kept in Jesus Christ despite our current uncertainty.

So then, as we go through this season of hope let us also be prepared to walk with, and work with Christ so that our hope is fortified in our faith, and our faith is reflected in our work. 

In this light, we need not only celebrate with songs of praise, but also with songs that reflect the prophetic lyrics of the past that heralded the liberating power of God, when celebrating the birth of Jesus.

This is the celebration we are to have this CHRISTMAS and in it give God all the PRAISE!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Posted by John F. Udochi with 1 Comments

Instruments of Liberation

INSTRUMENTS OF LIBERATION (PART 1)

Can you hear the cry for Justice?

Our streets are stained with the blood of the innocent, the cries of the oppressed are faint to the ears of those who care more about prosperity, power, and the protecting the american way than the freedom of brown and black people.  This socio-economic and political climate we are in troubles my soul! A land where social, political, and economic oppression runs rampant in the dawn of day and by night the public lynching and victimization of the racially oppressed….

My God, can we hear the cry for Justice from our brothers and sisters?

Of recent, while spending time in scripture reading, praying, and meditating,  the witness of Moses became a central focus of emphasis kind of ruminating in my heart.  Specifically, as the author of the book of Hebrews records the choice Moses made in Hebrews 11:24-26

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

Moses chose to leave the seat of authority, comfort and prestige to take up the plight of the oppressed, the lowly, the slave.  For the Lord, Moses chose not just the position of understanding the slave but becoming one of the slaves.  Moses chose to suffer the cost of slavery to glorify God by connecting with God’s suffering people.

As Christians, the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to rely on our faith to uphold the cost of rejection, imprisonment, the price of freedom in light of God’s greater reward before us.  The witness of Moses reminds us that faith in God empowers us (all) to act on behalf of the innocent and oppressed.

Listening to the teachings from Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, keynote speaker at the Covenant Justice Conference 2016 lit a fire in my bones.  Hearing Rev. Rivera introduce Captivity theology, as being an instrument of liberation through four models of ministering in the midst of captivity was impactful and insightful.  Of the four models, one stood out to me: Confrontation, because it was developed out of the biblical account of Moses confronting the fallen system of egyptian captivity.  

Like Moses in this passage, we have a choice to make.

If you can hear the cry for justice, how will you respond?

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