I realize that I recently shared this story in a sermon, but it's so relevant and powerful that I wanted to include it here for those who may have missed it. Shortly after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was attending a communion service at a church in Washington D.C. As he walked to the front, he found that the only place left to kneel was beside a praying black man. Without hesitation, the General knelt and participated in the communion service. Afterwards someone questioned him about why he would do such a thing. General Lee smiled and replied, "My friend, all ground is level at the foot of the cross."

In a time when racism and prejudice are so rampant, it's comforting to read the words of John the Beloved, "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2). The cross is the great leveler. When we kneel at its foot, none of us is better than anyone else. We are all sinners, claiming the blood of Jesus to cleanse us. Won't you see yourself and your brothers and sisters in this way?

On level ground,

Pastor Sutherland

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