Hello, dear reader friends.
If you’ve read my blog much, you probably know a little about how the Lord has been teaching me about racial reconciliation and the often-tragic history of our country in relation to the first peoples of America. I’d just like to share with you an opportunity to raise our voices in a practical step toward addressing some centuries-old wounds our nation bears.
I’ve mentioned Mark Charles on this blog before. Last month, he led the first public reading of an official U.S. apology to native peoples in front of the capitol building in Washington D.C. However, in this article he explains why he is urging his fellow Native Americans to not accept this apology—not out of anger or bitterness, but out of respect.
I’d encourage you to read and consider what he, a Navajo follower of Jesus and seeker of reconciliation and understanding, has to say, and then, if the Lord leads you, to sign this respectful petition to President Obama to retract this particular apology and instead take steps toward real reconciliation. It only takes a minute to set up the required account on the White House website and add your signature, and only your initials and city are shown.
Over 24,000 signatures are still needed to meet the 25,000 required by Febuary 1 for an official White House response. That goal probably won’t be met this time. History shows that any cause of righteousness and justice in history takes time and isn’t easy. But each person joining together, from all across the country, is a step in the right direction.
Thanks for reading, for listening to what’s on my heart. The Lord bless you, each one.
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” ~II Corinthians 5:18