In his February 9, 2019 sermon, Pastor Daniel Xisto of the Takoma Park SDA Church recounted the story of the Freedom Riders of 1961 who fought against segregation.
Just a few miles from where we’re sitting, Xisto told the congregation, individuals, black and white, boarded buses together in Washington D.C. and rode through the Southern United States. What they were doing was so radical, they often encountered violent mobs who opposed their actions.
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“Where was the church in 1961? The real church in 1961 got on the bus with the freedom riders. The real church got up and did something about the injustice they were seeing. How is it that a handful of mostly students were able to make such a significant wave against a sea of injustice? Romans 8 is how: If God is for us, who can be against us? The story of the Freedom Riders encourages me to no end.”
Paraphrasing the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox Xisto continued saying, “To sin by silence when there should be protest makes cowards of men.”
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He then transitioned to the apostle John and his experience on Patmos, drawing parallels between the injustice and oppression John faced and that of the Freedom Riders, encouraging everyone in the congregation to “get on the bus.”
“Revelation, the book that so many Adventists revere, is actually the letter of a felon writing from prison. When unjust laws exist, righteous men and women will end up in prison. The apostle John teaches us that in Revelation,” said...
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