I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate with you the special meaning behind the day traditionally known as “Juneteenth,” which is 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, I believe we can all appreciate and celebrate this day, regardless of our ethnic heritage. After all, we are all one in Christ (Gal 3:28) and we mourn and rejoice together as one body in all things as we continually learn to love and live in harmony with one another! (Rom 12:15-16) Glory to God for bringing to an end the dark chapter in history that was slavery, and may he continue to deliver and bring justice to those around the world who need it.
Let us also 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, renewed and maturing in Christ! Thanks be to our God for calling all nations to worship and live in his kingdom!