Written by: Pastor Dr. Geoffory V. Guns
Social justice and the fight for equality has been a major thrust of the African American church since the time of the American Revolution in the18th century. Through the church’s Social Ministry we seek to address many of the social problems that face African American and other people who are discriminated against because of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. In America, many of the social, economic, and political injustices experienced by African Americans are the result of racial discrimination. Therefore, it is important for our churches to develop and continue to do social ministry. Churches of all denominations and sizes have engaged in developing social outreach programs in their communities. Derrel R. Watkins stated that “Social ministry refers to helping persons with spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and relational problems in the name of Christ.” Jesus Christ is the church’s model for social ministry. His ministry was both spiritual and social. The call to repentance addressed humanity’s spiritual problem, which is sin (see Mark 1:15-16). The work of feeding the masses, healing and teaching were all facets of Jesus’ social ministry (see Matthew 4:23-25; 20:28; 25:31-46; Mark 6:35-44; Luke 10:45; 14:15-24)
“The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!
Mark 1:15-16 CEV
It is my most fervent belief that the call to stand up and become involved is far greater than it has ever been. The sheer magnitude of the crisis in many of our communities is overwhelming. How can we make a difference if we remain detached and aloof, not recognizing that we can make a big difference? I am appealing to all of the men, old and young to join our efforts to create a dynamic partnership with the Ruffner Middle School. I have completed my registration and have already begun to connect with young boys and girls in the school. Deacon Danny Miller and Brother Prentis Herndon have also been actively involved. After my first visit, I realized why the Lord troubled my spirit regarding why we needed to do this. The students at the school are crying out for love and support. They also need advocates, who will stand in the gap in a system that sometimes marginalizes children who come from perceived poor backgrounds. Get involved contact Deacon Miller today–757-839-2033.