March 18

JOHN 3:17-21

One of America’s darkest moments came to light last May through the shocking truth of a Facebook video. It was posted by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, who was walking her cousin to a store in Minneapolis, then quickly pulled out her phone. “I watched this man die,” she cried. The world also watched, and wept.

John 3:20 describes a similar darkness apart from God, where we cover up our sinful thoughts and ideas. The dark sin of racial injustice has lost its cover with the death of George Floyd. We are living in a unique moment in history, where God’s light of truth is challenging each of us to examine our hearts and do our part to redeem a painful past. In the meantime, young Darnella Frazier begs on Facebook, “Instead of bashing me, THANK ME! Because that could’ve been one of your loved ones, and you would want to see the truth as well.”

Lord, the darkness can fool us. Help us be steadfast walking in your light, so we can bring healing and restoration to brothers and sisters we deeply love. AMEN.

About the Author

Mary Rhodes | I am a retired journalist with a passion for swimming and reading theology. I am constantly challenged at Winnetka Covenant Church to grow and spiritually mature. In its fellowship, teaching, and singing, I find Jesus. I am married to a retired Navy dentist, and my son is just beginning his Navy tour as a dentist, so I’m outnumbered. My big dream is to take part in the 2021 Senior Olympics in the 500-yard freestyle (last place is okay!) I also love writing up oral histories for elderly friends. It’s a privilege to tell their stories and trace the hand of God in their lives.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you Mary Rhodes,
    I agree, our witness for Christ is affected by our stance on injustice. There is a huge difference between individual racism and racism that is built into our laws, traditions and policies. To me it is self evident. Our current call in the Covenant to refute the “Doctrine of Discovery “ is a start. Our complicity lies in denial and self absorption, and the false teaching that the American dream has an equal starting point for everyone. Many people are “Stamped from the Beginning” as the excellent book by Ibram Kendi eloquently depicts.
    God Bless and thank you Roger Risley.

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