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If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
The Lord’s brother, James, had just finished a scathing message on whose WILL one would choose. God or the devil? At one point, he said, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” And now, at the end of the chapter, he said, “If anyone in their heart knows what they should do and they don’t do it, it is SIN for them.”
Today is a day of RECKONING for America. I am in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at North Central University for the funeral of Mr. George Floyd. This man was brutally murdered by a police officer on Memorial Day, 2020. It has thrown our nation into upheaval the likes of which I have never seen in my life. The first of three memorials are being held in the sanctuary of this great university. Oddly enough, my wife and I, who live in Miami, were asked almost two years ago to be the co-chancellors of this university. Forty-nine years ago, I was a freshman at this school. I had lived for myself the entire year and was miserable. The Lord sent a prophet to me, and all she said was, “let’s kneel and pray.” As I knelt against my will, God broke me. I wept, and God gave me a vision that I was supposed to stay at the school, and HE would lead me. When the vision left me, I then opened my Bible arbitrarily to this verse. The Lord said to me, “I’ve shown you what to do, and if you don’t do it, you will be sinning against me.” That was the day I’ve always called my “Salvation Day.” My life changed forever for the good, after what I call “A Day Of Reckoning” I had with the Lord. Now, 49 years later, I’m at the same University, and America as a whole is facing “A Day Of Reckoning.” This event (the funeral of George Floyd) highlights a deep, deep, deep-rooted sin that we as a corporate people have waged against black Americans. Unlike the disciples the night Jesus said, “tonight one of you will betray me,” and they began to question, “Is it I, Lord?” We have no need to question. Those who are white, like me, should simply bow a knee and repent. Once done, we must spend the rest of our lives asking God to expunge the injustices against black Americans from our collective souls. I suggest that there cannot be a “Day of Awakening” for America until there has first been “A Day Of Reckoning.” This is mine. Again!
I well remember being in this city attending this University 49 years ago when you dropped James 4:17 into my heart. It changed me because I gave heed to what You told me that day. Today is surreal as I will attend, later this afternoon, the funeral of this man whose image is now iconic. May this “A Day Of Reckoning” for me be “A Day Of Reckoning” for this nation as well. Amen