discussion sheet for dialogue on systemic racism and white privilege
As much as I dislike the idea, I have to admit that I'm limited by what I do (or do not) know. For example, if I don't recognize the privilege that I was born with as a white person in America, I can't move toward racial reconciliation, or use the advantages I've been given to help the disadvantaged.
I'm limited geographically and circumstantially - in this season, I can't wander very far afield, so I need to be especially intentional about reaching out to those near me, living in Gospel community with fellow believers and sharing Gospel love with my neighbors.
My ability to pray is limited by my awareness of people and circumstances that need to be prayed for. If I don't know that more Syrians have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in their country right now than victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Rwandan genocide combined, then I won't be driven to constant prayer on their behalf.
But thankfully, God transcends my limitations and is Himself unlimited. He sees all and hears all, He knows everything and He cares about everything and everyone, and if I will bring my unattainable hope of a better world to Him instead of reaching for the stars like a child on a summer night, He can lift me up on His shoulders until those dreams become as close as fireflies.
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