With the mounting racial tensions in today’s social, political, and religious climates, the Church needs to function as a facilitator for reconciliation. Unfortunately, Christians have tended to approach the issue of reconciliation with apathy in recent years. How can we as Christians overcome these sentiments and ignite change both within and without the Church? Furthermore, why are churches especially equipped to serve as agents of reconciliation within our society?
Jesus experienced a vision of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit amidst a significant feast in Jerusalem; he saw a day coming when the Spirit of God would flow through human lives. Resisting the promptings of his family and others to merely “make an appearance” in Judea as a good publicity effort, he instead delayed his visit. When he finally appeared in the city, he lifted his voice with a shout at a most unexpected moment.