A DATE WORTHY OF OUR UNITED RECOGNITION AND CELEBRATION: HAPPY JUNETEENTH!!
What is Juneteenth? Annually recognized every June 19, it is a day devoted to celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been held in slavery for generations in the United States. As Christians, it is not only our African American brothers and sisters who should take time to appreciate and rejoice in the significance of this commemoration, but all of us who are disciples of Jesus should do so as well.
For one, we should mourn with our African American brothers and sisters over the reality of slavery in our past, while rejoicing with them over the fact that this dark period in our history finally came to an end. Simultaneously, we should also see the day as a reminder of the lasting effects slavery and racism have had on our nation, and the need to help our black brothers and sisters shoulder and ultimately discard their residual burdens.
Finally, regardless of the color of our skin, let us see the day as a reminder of our own emancipation, having been set free from slavery to sin and reborn as a members of a new humanity–a new, spiritual and liberated race, one in Jesus Christ! Thank God that in Christ we are one body, all brothers and sisters!