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Does the Holy Spirit want to heal the racial divide?

Baltimore protests Credit: Arish Azizzada/Flickr/Creative Commons

Baltimore protests Credit: Arish Azizzada/Flickr/Creative Commons

When a young Black man, Mark Ross, found out his sister, 15, had just been killed in a car crash, he immediately wanted to go home and be with his family. Without a car, he talked a friend into making the drive from Indiana to Detroit, Michigan.

It was 3 am when they left and the troubles started when they arrived in Ohio. Police pulled over their vehicle for speeding. Unfortunately, Mark’s friend who was driving had a suspended license and police arrested him and impounded the car.

Ross was distraught. He was still a hundred miles from home and now had no way to get there. But then a white police officer, Ohio State patrolman Sgt David Robison showed up.

In a Facebook post, Ross explained what happened next:

“I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity of my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family.”

But there was still one unresolved issue. Ross had an outstanding warrant with Michigan Wayne County. When Robison contacted the sheriff’s office, because of the distance they weren’t interested in picking Ross up.

Then Robison did something unexpected. He drove Ross the 100 miles to be with his family, dropping him off at a Detroit Michigan coffee shop where a cousin picked him up.

The young black man said:

“Everyone knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly Greatful (sic) for this guy. He gave me hope.”

I believe this is a testimony of the Holy Spirit’s desire to heal the racial divide in America.

Carl Lentz's photo of people lining up on the street to attend a Hillsong service in New York City. Credit: Carl Lentz/Instagram

Pastor Carl Lentz recently shared a photo on Instagram of people lining up on the street to attend a Hillsong service in New York City. Lentz spoke of their dedication as they missed the first service and waited in line two and a half hours for the second one to start. But what struck me was all the different nationalities in the crowd — Blacks, Whites, Latinos and Asians. People of every nation coming together to worship the Lord. Credit: Carl Lentz/Instagram

There will always be a need for national churches due to language restrictions but where that is not necessary, I wonder if the Holy Spirit wants to bring people of all races together into one Kingdom of God.

It is happening in the church my wife and I attend. Over the years it has gradually transformed from a largely white congregation to a multi-racial one. It has been a remarkable change and a very good one.

Many of the Old Testament prophets spoke of day when the nations would pour into God’s House:

22 So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. (Zechariah 8:22 NASV)

2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.”(Micah 4:2 NASV)

“Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:3 NASV)

God wants there to be harmony between the races. Does this include Blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos attending services together — working together to build God’s Kingdom?

If so, this is something only the Holy Spirit can do.


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