We are living through difficult times right now, across America and right here in Fargo. Our hearts break for the family of George Floyd and we pray that God will bring them a measure of comfort in the midst of all this. This has focused our attention once again on the unequal treatment that some people in our country experience simply because of the color of their skin.

As followers of Jesus, how should we respond?  We can’t simply ignore the problem and hope it goes away. We must become instruments of God’s peace.  It was certainly encouraging to see the number of citizens helping to clean up the mess downtown on Sunday morning. We have a strong and caring community here in Fargo and we can take hope from that.

Hope is powerful. Hope helps us to see a future that is better than the present. However, it must be an active hope, a hope that motivates us to work for a more just and equitable community and world.  The work starts in the heart of each one of us. Micah 6:8 commands us: “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I need to stop and examine my own life frequently to see if I am consistently living out justice, mercy, and humility.

There is hard work ahead of us as a community and as a country as we struggle to heal from all of this.  Neither you nor I have the power to correct things all by ourselves, but the Body of Christ should be leading by example in the work to heal our cities and our country. “Love your neighbor as yourself” must be our guiding light in all of this.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Smith
Life 97.9 Station Manager