Grace for the Ghetto

When most people think of the ‘ghetto’ or ‘inner city’ the think of a foreign world. This world with which they have nothing in common and find no need to interact with. The his book To Live in Peace, Mark Gornik sheds light on the correct perspective the Christian community should have on the community of the inner city.

Gornik first points out some of the injustices that the inner city faces. Due to barriers that American popular opinion and politics have put up, the inner city and its needs are underrepresented and therefore go unattended. Since education is such an important part of an employment and employment an important of sustaining a living, it is easy to see how a lack of these things would negatively affect communities. Lack in these areas leads to a divide in the community itself. As people struggle to find a way to make living for themselves and their families. They turn to crime and other activities that can destroy a community.

Gornik implores us to remember Christ’s ministry of reconciliation found in Ephesians 2:8-10 “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us in advanced to do.” (1)

Black or White, rich or poor, we are all created by God and saved by grace. This verse from Ephesians calls each and every one of us. His prized workmanship. That means that God not only cares for our physical needs but has a unique and wonderful plan that He is working within us. Because the inner-city may not look like anything special, those on the outside may be tempted to think that nothing of worth is happening there or can come from there. However that is just not true. The rest of the body of Christ should be quick to realize this and help the disadvantaged and marginalized to live as God’s workmanship.

  1. The Bible New Internation Version
  2. image credit: http://pixabay.com/en/medellin-colombia-night-scene-182974/
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