In December 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified after three-fourths of the states backed it. The four states that rejected it came around over the next several years – except for Mississippi. Mississippi finally voted to ratify the amendment in 1995. It failed to make it official, though, because it neglected to notify the U.S. Archivist until 2013.
There is a grand total of 148 years which passed between the United States approving the 13th Amendment, and the state of Mississippi officially doing so. Our country’s evolution out of racism and prejudice, legislatively speaking, didn’t happen overnight. Sometimes, laws can be changed more quickly than systems and hearts.
This weekend, we return to “Amazing (g)Race” – our series on race relations, tension, and reconciliation. Racism and prejudice is nothing unique to America. You can trace it back to the earliest parts of the Bible, and see a theme of God seeking to address it with humanity from Genesis to Revelation.
You don’t want to miss the tour through Scripture that I’m going to take you on in this next message, or the testimony you’ll hear. Come with a hungry heart and guests in tow!
And don’t forget our new Thursday service option at the Vista Ridge campus at 6:45 pm! It’s our “first service of the weekend.” (Dinner available at 6:00 pm, and served until 6:30 pm.)
Grace and peace,