HEALING DIVIDED DALLAS
“…the work is extensive and difficult and we are too far apart to help each other.” Nehemiah 4:19
“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself…and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 2:19
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.” Ephesians 2:14
Recently Dallas was shaken to its very core. In a murderous ambush, five Dallas policemen were shot dead in the downtown streets. Following a rather peaceful Black Lives Matter police protest, an angry sniper opened fire. One policeman died while covering a wounded protestor.
Early the following morning, my phone started ringing with requests from prayer groups. “Could we have an emergency meeting on Prayer Mountain?” they asked. I immediately opened the doors to them. The National Day of Prayer team joined me in leading the assembly. I was blessed to see a multicultural, multigenerational group of intercessors come together here on instant notice. Soon other prayer meetings were held downtown at Ground Zero. We have prayed and prayed—with considerable agreement and harmony.
Now, we can do more than pray. These are not normal times. We must break out of our business as usual style and do some things which take us out of our comfort zone.
Here in Dallas, the Trinity River divides our city, North and South. It is not a large river. The Trinity most closely resembles an oversized stream—except in seasonal floods. Yet this river, inconspicuous as it appears, comprises an Amazonian barrier. It divides affluent North Dallas from economically challenged South Dallas. It is an uncrossable moat, serving to protect the mansions of North Dallas.
I have hope that the dividing wall is being torn down through the power of Christ. In the Church we are seeing a fresh spirit of togetherness. It’s a Holy Spirit led work of unity and brotherhood. The emerging church of Dallas is neither North nor South, black nor white, nor Hispanic. It is one holy people, united in faith, hope, and love. We are one in the Spirit.
Together we can do the impossible. We can bridge the gap, cross the uncrossable, and see a great outpouring of the Spirit upon Dallas. That is why I have hope for the coming D/FW area revival. All things are possible with God.
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