Calls for a “national reset…to unify around a strategic, righteous and long-term plan”
Those who have read my articles over the past year know I really admire Dr. Tony Evans, the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and the president of The Urban Alternative. Dr. Evans’ Biblical plans to address issues of injustice is something he not only preaches from the pulpit, but leads his church to practice in the Dallas community.
On Saturday, he posted a statement on Facebook concerning the current crisis it would be wise for all to listen to, and apply. Transcribed for ease of reading:
“This is the time for a national reset to address our cultural pandemic. A reset not based on societal patchwork which produces no long-term impact, but rather on a spiritual foundation influenced by a repentant, obedient and unified church. We must rise up together to rectify the individual and systemic issues we face. Issues of injustice, inequity, lack of opportunity, educational disparity, the healthcare gap and economic inequality rooted in disproportionate employment possibilities boil to the surface in times like these but it is their very constancy which prohibits the cure. All of these areas can be, and must be, responsibly addressed as we unify around a strategic and righteous long-term plan.
“This is a time to build on a better tomorrow, and not tear down.
“And while we must address the crisis before us, we must also not allow ourselves to be drawn into a destructive response. I not only affirm, but also encourage the peaceful and righteous protests & protesters – as does God (Act 16: 35-40). Voices must speak up (Prov. 31:8). But unrighteous destruction will not accomplish the goal we need to ultimately experience once and for all.
“Pray for peace. Pray for unity. Speak truth, in love, but still speak. Then, act. Together, we can effectuate positive change if we pursue it with wisdom, tenacity and strength. I’m dialoguing and exploring different options with the thought leaders locally in my church and community as well as around the nation. The aim being to provide more tangible recommendations on things each of us can do right now in order to bring about a reversal of injustices and promote healing in our land.
“More to come.”Dr. Tony Evans Facebook page 5/30/20
Finally, it’s not like Dr. Evans hasn’t taught on this complex subject in the past. While this message was delivered nearly four years ago, it is even more applicable today as it was in mid 2016.
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