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All Lives Matter
Miles McPherson - June 21, 2015

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Following the violent attack of the African-American Christians in South Carolina, Pastor Miles wanted to not only pray for that church and the families of the victims, but to talk about racism with us today.

Racism: A pursuit of power of one group of individuals over another based on race.

Racist: I must stay away from/control that group of people because they are different/inferior, in order to not be contaminated and preserve my own sense of superiority.

Racism is still a real issue today. Pastor Miles shared a few of his personal encounters with racism and suggested that many people you know may have had their own experiences with it as well.

It takes everybody’s efforts to deal with racism. It’s not a black-white thing, but a sin-thing. We need to acknowledge its existence, take a step back, and see the systematic inequalities that are still in place in our nation.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Ephesians 6:12

Did you know that Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America? Rock Church has the unique distinction of being a racially diverse church. Church should be a place where we can all feel safe and comfortable being around people who are different from us.

We were made in the image of God and it is His design that people should look different.

We were made in the image of God and it is His design that people should look different.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Genesis 1:26

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

Loving someone means choosing to act in a way that makes another person feel that they matter, that they are valued. God feels this way about every person. People mattered so much to God that He sent His Son to die for us. (John 3:16).

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 1 John 4:20

If you cannot call me brother/sister, you cannot pray “Our Father.”

What can you do today to make a difference, love others, and work toward spiritual unity? I will know that my life matters to you when you:

1. Acknowledge our sameness. Genesis 1:26

God is an artist! On the outside, we can be all different shades of brown, different heights, weights, and have different facial features. But we all bleed red, need to be valued and loved, and desire to know why we were created and what we were meant to do, in common.

2. Validate my uniqueness. Psalm 139:14

Even if you mean well, don't say that you don't see color. We all see racial differences around us, and we need to value those differences. The people of God need to acknowledge that everyone matters, love others like we love ourselves, and connect together.

3. Nurture my sense of belonging.2 Samuel 14:13, 1 Timothy 2:3, John 1:12d

As Christ followers, we want to have a reputation of inclusion. Look people in the eye, value them, ask how you can pray for them. Draw others in and be inclusive on behalf of God!

This Message

In this message, Pastor Miles addresses racism as a spiritual sin and challenges us to examine our hearts.

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