Make Them Known...

Dear Saints and Sinners,

Touring the National Holocaust museum in Washington DC  is perhaps the most emotionally disturbing experience any museum on earth can offer. As you stroll through the facility, you revisit the realities of this international atrocity. You see the visual and historical evidence of the human capacity to destroy the other in numbers that run into the millions.

As most of you have heard in the news, this week a man walked into the museum and opened fire. According to the Associated Press, the shooter is a white supremacist who “runs a racist and anti-Semitic website”. Security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns was killed in the altercation.

The last thing you experience when you tour the museum is a large room with a flame of fire. In one area of the room you see a large black marble tomb. Contained in the tomb are ashes that were gathered up from those who were killed in the holocaust. Upon return visits to DC, I have actually asked the security guards if I might bypass the entire tour and just have some time for prayer in this final room.

The truth of the holocaust’s horror is not something that is easily faced, but it is something we must never forget. Etched within the walls of that final room are some biblical quotes from our God. One of the quotes is, “But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and to your children’s children---“ Deuteronomy 4:19.

On Sunday our good friend the Rev. Leon Kelly will address us in the sermon. Over the past couple of weeks, Rev. Kelly has dealt with 5 deaths, most of them from violent causes. There have been over 13 who have been shot or wounded. All of these incidents have occurred in the inner city, mostly within the African American population, and the media has not brought that news to us in the headlines.

Racism still exists, and there is a portion of it in all of us.

Rev. Kelly is a passionate African American leader and preacher who craves to see racial harmony. On Sunday we have the opportunity to come face to face with some of the stories of racial violence and pain that continue to permeate our culture. However for there to be a vision of hope these realities must not, “….slip from your mind…..make them known to your children...”

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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