Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Who are we at war with?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When World War II broke out, the war Ministry of London dispatched a coded message to one of the British outposts in an inaccessible area of Africa. The message read: “War is declared. Arrest all enemy aliens in your district.” The War Ministry received this reply: “Have arrested four Germans, six Belgians, four Frenchmen, two Italians, three Austrians, and an American. Please advise immediately who are we at war with.”

As we watch the meltdown coming from the riots over the death of George Floyd, that question, “Who are we at war with?” is haunting.

We are each at war with something. There is some space or place in our lives where love and mercy have not flowed.  Too often we choose gossip, judgment, and resentment over the, “pouring out of the Holy Spirit unto all people, with fresh dreams and vision.“ (Acts 2)

May it be our prayer that we resist apathetic clichés such as saying things like, ”I am over it. I give up.” For it is time to get up to speed with the knowledge of how people of other colors and race feel, especially if we have neglected attempts to do so.

                                      “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

                                               the moon and the stars that you have established;

                                           what are human beings that you are mindful of them,

                                      mortals that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than God,

                                            and crowned them with glory and honor..”

                                                          (Psalm 8:3,4)

If we choose apathy over gaining a greater understanding concerning those outraged over George Floyd’s death, we choose to not love our brothers and sisters created just “lower than God” with the depth we are called to offer.

“Who are we at war with?” is an interesting question to ask. A better question might be, “Who have we not taken the time to better understand, and love as other human beings created just lower than God?”

Prayers: That long-term, the death of George Floyd will set us on a course of greater social justice.  For those effected by covid through health, death or economic hardship.


Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen