A Family Meeting About Racism

June 5, 2020

Dear Cathedral Family,

The Lord has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God.
Micah 6:8 (NCV)

We are in times that are no surprise to God. For us, it’s difficult to wrap our minds and hearts around these confusing, troubling and even painful times. Most recently, the horrific death of George Floyd has revealed, once again, that racism and prejudice still exist in our country.

It breaks my heart, and I know it breaks yours. It breaks the heart of God! It makes me angry, and I know it makes you angry. It makes God angry, too! This is not the way of love that we’re called to as followers of Jesus.

That’s why we’ll be addressing the issue of racism during service online this Sunday at 11am. As the church, we are called to be salt and light. We have the mandate to be part of the solution, not to perpetuate the problem.

Change starts with acknowledging the wrongs that have been done and then repenting, which means not only being sorry for what was done, but also calls for action – a turning and going a different direction. A direction that aligns us with God’s redemptive purposes and brings healing for our homes, our families, our cities, our states, our nation.

So I invite you to join me for church online this Sunday at 11am (via Livestream or Facebook Live) as we meet together as a family – a diverse family, for which I am so very thankful. A family that sticks together – in the good times and in difficult times like these.

I recorded a video that we shared on Cathedral’s social media platforms about this Sunday’s service, “Lord, Heal Our Land”. I’d love for you to watch it and share with those in your circle of influence.

This would be a great Sunday to invite someone to join you. Perhaps you could host a Watch Party on your Facebook page or invite some friends to join you and worship together in your home and enjoy a taste of what it will be like when we gather together again in person.

In closing, would you turn up the intensity on your prayers? Here’s what the Word says about how God responds when His people pray and repent:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Lord, heal our land!” That is the cry of our hearts.

I’ll see you Sunday!

Praying and listening,
Mike Lewis