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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:52 PM

Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Race in America, Part 2: Ultimately, what is the solution to racial tensions in our country?
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Author: Photo courtesy of Stan Lattin

Once per month or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. We have room for just a few in each column, and so we will publish in a rotation. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you are a faith leader and would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714. This week is part 2 of a 3-part series on Race in America.

Race in America, Part 2: Ultimately, what is the solution to racial tensions in our country? 

James Wadsworth, President, Fallon Nevada Stake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.churchofjesuschrist.org

The ultimate solution to racial tensions, in very simple terms, is to embrace and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. As firm believers in Him we must truly embrace His teachings to love our fellow men, do good to them that hate you, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Doing good to them that hate you takes real conversion and shows love for God. President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson recently said, “Never has one wrong been corrected by a second wrong. Evil has never been resolved by more evil.” Loving God means we keep his commandments and love our fellow men.

 

Rev Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC

www.epworthfallon.org, 775-423-4714

Drive-in worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am, sermon on Facebook Live and KVLV Radio AM980 at 9:30am

It is easy for a Christian to say, “we should love one another, as Jesus said.” It is much, much harder to do it. Christians for centuries have excused terrible behavior, doing incredible mental and spiritual gymnastics to call it “love.” But I believe, deep down, we know better. Ultimately, the solution to racial tensions is to do two things. One, we need to pray constantly for God to change our hearts, and two, we need to act as love should truly act. I pray that God will soften our hard hearts, and teach our hard heads wisdom, so that we can listen humbly to difficult truth, speak and act boldly against injustice, and stand together in love.

 

Pastor Brennen Behimer, Parkside Bible Fellowship

www.parksidebible.com, 775-423-3855

On-site worship services at 8:30am and 10:15am

Racial prejudice and hatred are symptoms of a larger, more sinister evil buried deep in every person’s heart: sin. The only solution with power over human motivations and applicable at a deep enough level is the Christian gospel. When God’s Son became the man, Jesus Christ, he took human nature, but where we have disobeyed God, he always obeyed, and then gave his life on the cross to pay the penalty for sin. When we are united to Christ by faith, we are no longer divided by ethnicity, but united as once hopeless sinners now redeemed purely by the grace of God.

 

 

 

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