It has been a turbulent year and a half. We are still here by the grace of God. Do you know that? You do know that more than 600,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the United States alone, and the global death toll as surpassed four million. God has kept us.
Unfortunately, there are many people in our lives whom we love, and who do not know the Triune God. That is why I wrote the Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed Bible Study. The Nicene Creed explains who God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is; it speaks of the personal relationship that we can have with God, and why that relationship is critical important for God’s people. After the Holy Bible, the Nicene Creed is the only statement in Christian history that is accepted by all groups of the Christian church.
I have had the pleasure of teaching this study to adults of varying ages, and to children who are as young as 11 years old. If you are looking for a study to close out the summer, or are considering a resource to host a fall/winter Bible study or small group either virtually or in your home, this is the study for you!
I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with the good folks about Wycliffe Bible Translation about what else but THE WORD. God has changed my life and continues to shape my heart through his Holy Bible. Get into it!
With nearly 20 years of leadership and mentoring experience in the military, federal government, church, academic and nonprofit sectors, Natasha is a sought-after international speaker, leadership consultant, diversity and mentoring coach. She’s the author of “Mentor for Life,” “Hope for Us” and the 2018 release, “A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World”.
Natasha is the Visionary Founder and Chairperson for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Leadership LINKS, Inc., where she cultivates a team of influencers who offer leadership education that facilitates impactful living, character and spiritual development.
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is on a journey.
When she left her childhood home in South Carolina to attend the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, Natasha didn’t know that her path would eventually lead beyond serving as an officer with the Marine Corps. In fact, Natasha’s journey would involve proclaiming truth in churches and board rooms across the country. “I am a leader, I love Jesus and I love God’s Word, so a lot of what my work entails is at the intersection of my faith and my leadership,” Natasha explained.
Natasha’s road has been marked by devastating loss and liberating joy, but the difficult and beautiful stretches have sparked a passion in her to equip others in their own journeys. As a biblically-based author, speaker, mentor and nonprofit founder, Natasha spends her days training people — from corporate executives to middle school girls — to pursue practical character, spiritual and social growth steps.
Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant of both your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.
—Sun Tzu, Chinese military strategist
“We are in a battle for the soul of this nation,” said Joseph Biden while racing toward his final showdown with Donald Trump last year. The pronouncement turned heads, his invocation of an ancient philosophical concept crashing into a heated public reckoning over whose nation, exactly, was hanging in the balance.
When we use the word “soul,” we are typically referring to that immaterial force that sustains and also distinguishes a life—whether that life belongs to a human individual or a collective life form. If there is a fight to hold on for dear life, as the “battle for the soul” implies, there must be something out there that is threatening to kill that life. Survival instincts push all living things to set up defenses against threats real or perceived. For human beings united under a constitutional government, there are bound to be different views and values around what gives life to a people, and what, conversely, causes them harm. In the United States, this conflict has reached a fever pitch.
What is our nation’s soul, and who’s defining the battle lines? How might the answers to those questions help each of us discern our role and shape the strategy to win?
I don’t ask these questions rhetorically. For centuries, politicians, journalists, historians, educators, and pretty much every white male in a position of power have been able to define America’s principles and values. They have written the laws, told the history, shaped the norms, and named the stakes for the rest of us—indigenous people, black people, various peoples of colour, and women. This extraordinary influence wielded from such a narrow cultural lens has not only influenced generations of lives in the United States, it has also set the stage for standards of behaviour toward black and brown bodies that reverberate around the world.
“When I think of the soul of the nation, I think of the process of becoming, and what it is we want to become.” So said poet laureate and Muscogee (Creek) Nation member Joy Harjo. For me, a black woman with a gift of leadership in a country whose default lens remains both white and male, I am convinced that the battle our political leaders invoke must be in support of liberty and justice for all. Christians have a special role to play in this battle as truth-tellers who defend and promote righteousness. But are we ready? Do we understand the stakes?