Tuesday, June 2, 2020

報道George Floyd的信仰生活

女記者Kate Shellnut是《今日基督教》婦女專欄的編輯,她報道了那個被害黑人的信仰和他致力於減少社區暴力犯罪的服事,以及基督徒夥伴們對他的紀念。我常常收到這個專欄的新聞簡報,今天這篇是她寫的見證,記在這裡。

When I began working at Christianity Today, I knew almost nothing about the contemporary evangelical world. I had a degree in religion, several years of experience covering faith for newspapers, and just a couple years of evangelical church membership under my belt, having come to Christ not long before.

I soon learned on the job how much I was missing. There were swaths of popular preachers, Bible teachers, authors, and Christian artists I’d never heard of. I felt so disconnected from the church at large, like I’d never have the deep ties to the faith that I saw in sources and colleagues who grew up evangelical.

But God has a way of making much with little. Again and again, God has used what seems like my limited church background to connect me with the Body of Christ beyond what I could have ever expected.

This came up a few years ago, when I spent two weeks reporting in Cambodia. Many of the Christians I met there belonged to the same denomination I did—the Christian and Missionary Alliance—which was prominent in that country, but less-known in the states. While in Cambodia, I also met a handful of American NGO workers—including two who were friends with people I went to church when I first came to faith years before back in Houston. It felt so strange to be halfway across the world talking with people who knew some of my closest Christian friends.

I lived in Houston just three years, but God has disproportionately multiplied the connections I made there. It happened again last week when one of my Houston friends, now a church planter in a Hispanic neighborhood in the city’s East End, shared posts from fellow ministry leaders he knew memorializing George Floyd. I reached out the leaders he knew and wrote about their experience doing ministry with “Big Floyd” in the Third Ward, where he lived most of his life.

I hadn’t read anywhere else about Floyd’s ministry involvement, and I was honored as a journalist to bring this part of his life into the narrative around another black man whose tragic death made him a hashtag.

Pastor “PT” Ngwolo and fellow leaders had met Floyd at a hip-hop benefit concert. I later realized that I had overseen coverage of that event—including an interview with Pastor Ngwolo—while I ran the religion section of the Houston Chronicle website a decade before. The mission he spoke about then was the same as the mission he shared with me last week: a desire to reach people in their neighborhood and see the gospel transform their lives. Only this time, I heard about how Floyd was a part of that.

Of course, a victim need not be a fellow believer, a good person, or any other criteria to deserve to be treated justly and with value. But knowing someone’s connections to the Body of Christ—the role that God equipped them to play in his church and the faith we share—helps us to recognize the myriad of ways the Lord is at work. We know that he, like us, was part of something bigger, as “God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Cor. 12:18).

I know that many may have already read my account of Floyd’s unique role as a “person of peace” in the Houston local housing projects. Floyd's pasor friend Ngwolo preached about Cain and Abel and the slaughter of the innocent, and he had this to say:

“He was getting training so he could come back to his neighborhood and make it a brotherhood. That demon of racism cut him down in the prime of his life. Why? Because he’s trying to stop the advancement of God’s kingdom,” he preached. “George's life was an inflection point in our history. We are either going to master the sin of racism, or the sin of racism will master us.”

1 comment:

  1. 这位被警察(集体)当众害死的黑人,生平或许有高有低,在病毒大流行时期可能也和许多人一样,失业或失去服事社区的岗位,但上帝仍然记念和使用有限与卑微的人,饶恕过犯。Floyd的追思和葬礼充分显明这一点。