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Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win by John M. Perkins
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“You have to be a bit of a dreamer to imagine a world where love trumps hate--but I don't think being a dreamer is all that bad. Joel prophesied that God would "pour out [His] Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions" (Joel 2:28). I'm an old man, and this is one of my dreams: that my descendants will one day live in a land where people are quick to confess their wrongdoing and forgive the wrongdoing of others and are eager to build something beautiful together.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Justice is a process, and change takes time, but I believe we ought to dream big dreams and make big statements as we pursue those dreams. Amos didn't tell the people that God wants justice to trickle through their society. The New Living Translation uses the phrase "mighty flood of justice" (Amos 5:24) to describe what God wants to see. One thing we learned in Mendenhall is that once flood waters start rushing through a place, there's no turning them back with human strength.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“justice is something for which every generation has to strive.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“God has always wanted the vulnerable in society to be cared for. He never intended for them to languish in poverty, abuse, slavery, homelessness, or other types of devastation. When we care for individuals who are trapped in these ways, when we show them love and help them move toward freedom and wholeness, we participate in bringing a little part of God's Kingdom back into alignment with His greater plan. We do justice and God smiles.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Right before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed that all believers, past, present, and future "may be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me" (John 17:21 NKJV). This was Jesus's prayer for us all, yet more often than not, I fear we have not lived up to it. Instead, we fight for our own way, for our selfish desires, for our right to be superior. We build churches centered on our own cultural ideas of God, rather than on seeking to bring us back to Him. And then we fight with other churches and religions about who is serving their personal culture god the best.

Come dream with me. Dream of a fight for something bigger, something more important and worthwhile. We need to fight for justice and peace, for the walls between us to come crashing down.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
tags: peace
“I am all for churches being a part of the nonviolent marches and protests that have happened in the wake of violent killings, but these protests happen only after a tragic event has taken place. I want the church to be what prevents these acts from ever happening. I want the church to be the community that is so dedicated to loving our neighbors, to caring for the poor and neglected, and to living out true reconciliation that these killings do not even take place.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Love. No matter where I start, I always end up here.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
tags: love
“As I look back on my life I see the many successes that have happened in my lifetime but justice is something for which every generation has to strive.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“I hear people arguing about everything from church pews to worship songs to old cultural traditions but we need to start getting beyond this stuff.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Injustice is an evil in society that must be fought.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“We work out the idea of redemption with redemptive living.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Throughout Scripture we read about God's concern for people who are vulnerable or suffering - the poor, the widows and orphans, the foreigners in the land, and so on. All Christians should feel a sense of calling to where there is pain in our society.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“Justice is any act of reconciliation that restores any part of God's creation back to its original intent, purpose or image. When I think about justice that way, it doesn't surprise me at all that God loves it. It includes both the acts of social justice and the restorative justice found on the cross.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
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John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“I believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings. The Bible states clearly that God created men and women in His image from the very beginning. (see Genesis 1:27) No matter how damaged people become, they still bear that image. No matter how much people have been oppressed or how much they have oppressed others, the part of them made in His image is worth rescuing and restoring.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“If the church took up the responsibility of caring for the poor, of living incarnationally, of participating in the unspeakable gift of giving, our world would look much different from the way it does today. Justice is a stewardship issue, caring for the poor is a stewardship issue, loving our neighbor as we love ourselves is a stewardship issue. We have the resources, but our priorities aren’t there yet.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win
“At eighty-six years old, people tell you how much wisdom you have. I don't know about all of that, but I do know that God has done much in me and through me, and He's still working on me.”
John M. Perkins, Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win