Our Present

Crisis in the U.S.


This past Pentecost Sunday while our fellowship, like so many churches, celebrated the wondrous coming of the Holy Spirit, something truly dreadful was coming upon our nation. Anger and despair over another tragic death of an African-American man caused by police exploded across the nation.

I am reminded today of James Russell Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” about American slavery. Lowell (1819-1891) wrote the poem to address the controversy over slavery leading up to the Civil War. Now, I do not believe that every problem in our society or the African-American community is traceable to slavery, however, as a Christian, I do believe the roots of sin to which slavery can be traced are no different than the roots of all social evil that provokes such a crisis as we are in. Accordingly, the truth of Lowell’s poem rings true for me in our “present crisis” and is worth considering. Here is an excerpt:

“Of those Crises, God’s stern winnowers, from whose feet earth’s chaff must fly;

Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment hath passed by.

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record

One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

We see dimly in the Present what is small and what is great,

Slow of faith how weak an arm may turn the iron helm of fate …”


We can have faith that God is in the shadow, keeping watch over what is happening in America. Our nation has been plunged into chaos. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered. We all pray for peace and justice and change. As for the evildoers who have looted and plundered and trampled on the grief and sorrow and longing of so many for a better world, I am confident, they will not succeed to ruin the purposes of God’s redemptive plan. He will bring good out of this and justice to the earth. As Job says of Him, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You (Job 42:2). We see it dimly now, as Lowell reminds us, but Almighty God is keeping watch over it all, working out His gracious purpose for humanity through Jesus Christ, our Lord. It cannot be withheld from Him!

– Pastor Jack Davidson

For More

Read “The Church & Racial Reconciliation” from the Synod Executive of the ECO denomination.





今天,我想起了詹姆斯·羅素·洛厄爾(James Russell Lowell)關於美國奴隸制的詩歌“當前危機”。洛厄爾(1819-1891)寫下這首詩是為了解決內戰前關於奴隸制的爭議。現在,我不認為我們社會或者非裔美國人社區中的每個問題都可以追溯到奴隸制,但是,作為一名基督徒,我確信那追溯到奴隸制的罪的根源與今日社會上的罪惡而激起了的危機的根源是一樣的。因此,洛厄爾在“當前危機”這首詩中的真相對我來說是正確的,值得深思。摘錄如下:




正記錄了在黑暗中的死亡    “將古老的體制和聖言相提並論;








– 戴惟信牧師

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