1. Spend some time reading through the passages from the notes. Do you believe that God created us all in His image and that we are equally loved by Him? Why or why not?
2. Prayerfully read through these passages:
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
Acts 17:26 (NLT)
28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28 (NLT)
9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
Revelation 7:9 (NLT)
19 We love each other because he loved us first.
20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.
1 John 4:19-21 (NLT)
3. The night that Jesus was betrayed, He prayed for His disciples and for all the believers that would follow them (you and me!). He prayed that we would be unified (read John 17). The desire of Jesus’ heart is that His church would be united and that we would be known by the way we love. When hatred is present, everyone is impacted. Father, teach us to love.
Resources to continue the conversation:
• Information for parents to discuss the movie with their kids: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-hate-u-give
• The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
• I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
• White Awake by Daniel Hill • Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World by Leroy Barber
• Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah
• Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes