I’m thankful that our pastor was able to preached at my father in law’s funeral service last Saturday. Also, for almost three months, he was able to preach on Lord’s Day with a few members attending. Again sadly, since I’m still at home quarantine, me and my wife wasn’t able to attend yesterday. Praying that we will do it together next Sunday.
Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Mother to Son by Jasmine L. Holmes published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.
“God decided that you and your brother would be born as twenty-first century black boys to two black parents. He placed you in a lineage full of glorious complexity and gave you the task of learning how to glorify him in light of the ingredients he stirred into the pot of your identity. He invites you to delve into a deeper understanding of who you are as an individual so that you can see yourself in light of who you are in the grander story that he is writing.”
“We are ambassadors not of the amount of melanin in our skin, but of the good news of Christ’s redeeming work. This is the good news that we proclaim: we serve a God who is in the business of reconciling all that was lost in the Garden of Eden when our first parents sinned. This message of reconciliation has to have implications for how believers relate to one another. We are united with bonds that are.”
“No matter how loving you strive to be, there will be moments when you have to speak unpopular truths that cannot be sugarcoated. And I don’t want you to sugarcoat them. But I want you to speak them from a heart that prizes truth because it belongs to God, not because it dominates the opposition.”
“I want you to be tenderhearted toward your white brother and sister in Christ, even when it seems they just aren’t getting a concept like implicit bias. I want you to be tenderhearted toward
your black brother and sister in Christ, even when it seems they are just looking for reasons to be offended.”
“Remember, son: the only one who deserves our complete, unquestioning allegiance is Christ. And even he allows you to ask questions because he is able to bountifully supply the answers. I hope you have the same attitude, one that humbly endeavors to bear with others, at times even up to the point of mistreatment.”
“…empathy takes time. It demands a listening ear. It requires treating people not like cars with manuals stuffed in the
dash, but like, well, people. It takes not just spouting off, “The gospel is enough!,” but preaching the gospel and being willing to apply it to specific situations, even when it takes more time than tossing out a slogan and moving right along.”
” Blind spots that lead to the dehumanization of people made in the image of God aren’t just blind spots. They’re sin.”
“Mothers and sons have been part of God’s redemptive story since the beginning of time. My love for you is the echo of a heart that has been beating for millennia. And it’s purposeful. “