Note: This is a devotional piece I wrote for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in October 2010. It uses some church-y references that I’m happy to qualify if anyone wants it “translated.” 🙂
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19, NIV
We’ve been talking about the joys of missional ministry in this region for a year now. I want to complicate it a little today.
Thirteen percent of African American men (1.4 million) are not able to vote due to felony convictions.
What could this possibly have to do with the church? (more…)