My dear brothers and sisters, “focus” is a very strong word, and one I do not take lightly. Merriam Webster defines it as a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. It means direction or a point of concentration. So, before we get into the heart of this ministry, I would like to make a few things clear to my extended family. My people.
This blog and this ministry has one clear-cut focus. Trusting God. Nothing more, nothing less. Whether we’re talking about our social status, our finances, our culture, our churches, our families or our relationships as Black Christian people in America, I would like our focus to be about one thing.
We have a very rich history. We have a very rich culture. We have a very rich dynamic. And when I speak of “rich” I’m not necessarily referring to money, though affluence is a reality in some cases. But as followers of Christ, we have something more, a richness that currency cannot match. And though we are under the strain of living in the middle class sector as Black Christians, we do have hope. Doesn’t look like it, doesn’t feel like it, but it is there. Hope. And THAT is the richness that I center my focus on. Hope in God. A hope that will not disappoint.
I pray that as we journey through the Scriptures, we will come to understand our place in God, our provision in God and our peace in God.
Is there healing for the African American Middle Class Christian? As black people, when our lives and our worlds come crashing down around us, can we find a quiet, still confidence in the Lord, knowing that He is sovereign? How many of us know that God sometimes uses pressure to strengthen our faith? Unfortunately, circumstances provoke us to complain, thus we lose an opportunity for our faith to grow. Can we trust God in a crumbling society? Can we trust God in a financial meltdown? Can we trust God in a society that views our culture as inferior, though the milieu is a bit more subtle than years past? Can we trust God when we’re already in a hole and the hole is getting deeper?
My brothers and sisters, it is perplexing but still possible. Oftentimes, we cannot understand why God allows certain things to happen. As middle class African American Christians, it is hard to grasp how the rich continue to flourish at the expense of the lower classes. I’m here to encourage you, and praying that you will encourage me as well. Most of us are hurting, financially, emotionally, physically and even spiritually. We desperately need each other.
Be encouraged. God is still on the throne and we can put complete confidence in Him. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing my thoughts with you, praying that you will do the same. We all need a boost in trying times like these.
Stay tuned for our journey through the Scriptures. Let us build each other up.