LTD Podcast E35: Becoming the Bridge (Part 2)
In this episode, you need to lean in as Pastor Steven and Pastor John discuss how the purpose of unity is not uniformity. Unity means we are not going to agree on everything, but we are going to fight for one another until the day we die. If we are to take our view of people that don’t look like us from what we see in headlines, and if we are to reduce it down to that, it would kill our ability to empathize with the humanity of that person. So we need to start understanding. We need to start learning some things, exposing some things. Jesus said, “you are the light of the world.” This does not only mean to quote scriptures and be a witness to people. It means do not be ignorant. It means we need to shine a light on ignorance.
“This is not about color for me.”
This is about the systemic oppression of people in power that are supposed to protect and serve. This is the silence of the church that must be addressed. This conversation is the beginning of something that more churches need to have. This is a conversation that most people would be afraid to have. But this is also a conversation that the church should not turn a blind eye to. The church needs to be a voice to the voiceless. This should be the tipping point for the church to have the necessary conversations around true reconciliation. Because if we don’t have the presence of God in the conversation and in our hearts, then empathy, compassion, and activism won’t matter.
“Change starts in your heart.”
Guilt is not a strategy, but maybe we don’t know the difference between guilt and repentance. Feeling bad doesn’t change anything, but repentance is different from guilt. Repentance means “change direction” in the old Testament, and “change your mind” in the new Testament. And so it means we change direction and we have to do it differently. The only way to break the cycle is to repent. But to really repent is to change direction. Repentance is moving differently, thinking differently, speaking differently, refusing to contribute by indifference. It means getting up and walking in a different direction.
“This conversation is not the end, it’s a beginning.”
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About Kevin White
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
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