Dr. Perkins' book, "One Blood" (2018) begins Chapter 6 with this scripture; "Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matthew 3:8). In this chapter the focus is calling the Church to repentance by tearing down the wall of racism that has divided us far too long. It has to begin with each one of us. In fact, Dr. Perkins said it this way. "Repentance is the most beautiful demonstration of the power of Christ in the life of the believer" (p. 113).
The prayer concluding this chapter calls us to change. "Repentance is about change. It's evidenced by a change in relationships from enemy to friend. And most importantly, this effort is empowered and energized by the person of the Holy Spirit. He is actively engaged because this pleases the heart of the Father" (p. 125).
As you read and reflect on this prayer, what area of prejudice do you need to repent from? Perhaps collectively "as more and more churches make the radical decision to stay and trust God to show them how to meet the need and have the right heart to love their neighbor we will see the fulfillment of His grand vison on earth (p.125).
Lord, when we think of change it can be unsettling. We often choose to remain unchanged because we are comfortable with what we have been doing. Change takes us into the unknown. Help us to trust you to guide us to repentance. Make us uncomfortable with superficial relationships. Give us boldness to speak to our friends as they voice racist statements. Give us courage to reach out to those who we have never befriended before. Show us, Lord, how to be friends with our brothers and sisters. Show us how to be one, Lord. For your glory. (pp. 125-126)
In the November edition of World Magazine, Dr. Perkins was honored as 2020 Daniel of the Year. After reading his bio in the magazine, you will certainly agree Dr. Perkins is the right choice in this tempestuous time. Now at age 90 his "refusal to hate" is an example we all need to, we all MUST follow.
I had the privilege of meeting Dr. John Perkins at a pastor's conference in the late 90's in Arizona with Bob Yawberg. He was one of the speakers and his message then of "loving one another" is still a message to be heard today. He came to our hotel room and prayed with Bob and me. It was so evident that this humble man of God truly lived what he preached. We are together one Church, one race, and one blood held together by the common bond of love. Kevin
"One Blood" by John M. Perkins
Front page Button Photo - Ronald Pollard for World Magazine
Dr. John Perkins ~ 2020 Daniel of the Year