Message from Pastor Don Taylor ~ July 3rd 2020

Romans 7: 15 “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good”.

I wasn’t sure I was going back to the second reading, but then my mind was running through two thoughts. It led me back to these words.

First, Happy July 4th weekend. In addition to celebrating our national freedom, we have the opportunity to exercise personal freedom in our own lives. What we believe should be honored as our position as long as it does not impinge on another’s freedom. We were free to say what we think as long as we listen to divergent things. We are free to act in ways that benefit others.

Second, I reflect on a Zoom meeting I was in attendance on last evening. It was the second in a discussion of “Beloved Community”. It was a fast moving one and a half hours with ordained and lay persons as much on listening as it was on Racism and how we as individuals and Church beginning correcting some of our own understanding and lack of understanding. As Dr. Eric Law explained our awareness moves through stages from stereotypes we hold to “destructive isms”. Much of who I am I learned without knowing.

That kicks back for me to the above verses. Thanks for listening to today’s rambling thoughts.