Revolution Church


Very Surreal. Very Devastating.

It’s been a horrible week. Last week’s talk was a bit off the rails, coming off the heels of the shooting in Buffalo—and before we could recover from that there was another mass shooting in Texas. A school shooting of young kids. So, this talk, frustratingly, is on the same tracks as the last one. At Revolution we try our best, our absolute best, to practice what we preach. We don’t want to scapegoat, and we encourage others not to scapegoat and we understand truly how hard that is to do. When you’re so upset and so angry and so sad. We just want something concrete. We want a person to blame. We want something bigger than ourselves to put our faith and belief into. It’s confusing when every side of the aisle seems to be trying to give us an easy answer to appease us, all the while pointing their finger in the other direction. Who do we trust? How do we get through the day when we have so much hatred in our hearts? Our job is to love everyone and try to work together, but it’s hard! Very hard. Nothing is black and white. We should be uniting not dividing. We’re a country, not a sports team where our team is better than the other. We should be in this together. We look to the Bible but it's hard. We get that. The Old Testament says one thing, and Jesus says something else. Our strongly worded thoughts and opinions on social media don’t mean anything, we’re just screaming into a void. We must have tough conversations. We must talk with people that say things we don’t want to hear and say things they don’t want to hear. But with love and humanity. We’re more alike than we think, all of us—So what if we share that. If we share our frustrations and our doubts with each other and we are honest about it, we can find common ground. We can see the humanity in each other. It’s not easy but it’s necessary and we can do it.

**Please note there were some recording hiccups, mostly in the video. We did our best to iron these out but some of it was unable to be fixed. Please bear with us as we try to iron out these hiccups in our new switch to YouTube Live**

This talk was given on May 29, 2022 in Seattle, WA.




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