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A Time of Distress

    Stephen Chavez, ACP Board Member 2018
    Stephen Chavez, ACP Board Member 2018
    ACP President, Stephen Chavez

    The Bible speaks of “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then” (Dan. 12:1).

    We don’t have to have the gift of prophecy to realize that we now seem to be experiencing a time of trouble of biblical proportions. Social contracts are fraying, countless families are in financial distress, weather patterns are out of control, and a mysterious virus still has much of the world in its iron grip.

    Thankfully, we have hope. It began with an empty tomb, and it continues as we witness the sacrifice of healthcare and relief workers, firefighters, first-responders, and community activists working tirelessly to set right that which threatens us. As people of faith our voice is essential as we lead our readers to act in ways consistent with Christian love, integrity, and mercy. When so many voices spout lies, fear, and division, we owe it to our communities to be speak of courage, unity, hope, and justice.

    We are entering a season in which COVID is far from behind us; when anger and injustice threaten to devolve into violence; when the gap between rich and poor, Brown, Black, and White is perhaps greater than it’s ever been. Don’t be discouraged. This is a moment when our Christian witness is more crucial than ever.

    Please join me in claiming this promise: “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in times of trouble” (Ps. 9:9).

    Stephen Chavez, president
    Associated Church Press