When all the mayhem that went down a couple of weeks ago, like so many, I was stunned for a moment. Then I thought about what could be said or written that would be helpful or, at the very least,comforting. As I was considering some kind of response, I remembered a tweet I came across, it said: “No words. America is burning”.
Sometimes it is real helpful to sit back in silence. Quite often, a quiet contemplation is the best response, especially given what we witnessed that dreadful week when Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, and five Dallas Police Officers were murdered—and now three other law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge. Awed silence is often the only and best response.
However for the minister of the Gospel, who is charged with the weekly proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people, his silence is quickly broken. The man of God must stand before the people of God and declare week in and week out what “thus says the Lord,” no matter what happened the week leading up to the Lord’s Day.
Such was the case on recent Sundays—particularly July 10th. Ministers of the Gospel were faced with the challenge of speaking into the lives of the people in the midst of a raging storm. We have the blessed task to let the people of God know that “when the storms of life are raging,” the Lord is standing right beside His people, sovereignly managing their affairs and every event in the universe.
I have found that some of the most moving sermons from the Black pulpit in particular have been proclaimed during the most difficult days for African Americans. Times of turmoil, unrest, and utter helplessness have proven to be seasons when Black preaching is at its best. The events of the aforementioned week is such a time for all Americans in general, and for African Americans in particular.
I have assembled a sampling of 2016 Black preaching during this crisis moment in our country. One of the differences between these men and many of our forebears is that these brothers are preaching to multi-ethnic congregations, they are not “preaching to the choir”. The “amens” and “go aheads” won’t be as robust as granddaddy heard when he preached in moments like these. But just like granddaddy, preach they must.
Take a listen and may the Lord continue to bring His truth to bear upon the hearts of His people.
“Kairos” means opportune, like was the case in the Book of Esther, “such a time as this” was a Kairos moment. May God give us preachers grace for “such a time as this.”