MY NAME IS MATTHEW...

 Matthew is currently a pastor in Georgia. He describes himself as a "husband, a dad, a pastor, a musician, a thinker, and a writer, but most of all a disciple of Jesus." He received a Masters of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and a BA in Theology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN.

Matthew is currently a pastor in Georgia. He describes himself as a "husband, a dad, a pastor, a musician, a thinker, and a writer, but most of all a disciple of Jesus." He received a Masters of Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and a BA in Theology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN.

...and I am Against the Wall because I believe in Jesus. I believe that He breaks down walls.[1] I believe that in Him all divisions of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, or gender are nullified.[2] Not that those characteristics and distinctions become meaningless—each of us is still a unique individual shaped by our experience in the world, including our race, nationality, gender, and so on. But these characteristics have often separated us from one another, and Jesus has repaired the breach. In Him we are all one.[3] I believe that He shows no favoritism to us based on our race or any other outward characteristic or human classification, but instead looks at our hearts.[4] I believe that He is the Creator of every human being; male and female, black and white and every hue in between all reflecting the image of God.[5]

I am also Against the Wall because I stand shoulder to shoulder with those whose backs are against the wall of division and discrimination that sadly still exists in our country, our communities, and even our church. I believe that Jesus delivers those who are suffering.[6] He works justice for those who are oppressed.[7] He rescues those who are weak and helpless.[8] He defends those who are marginalized and forgotten.[9] And He blesses those who are poor.[10] If Jesus stands with the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the suffering, then that is where I want to stand, too. I am #AgainstTheWall.

[1]  (Eph. 2:14)

[2]  (Gal. 3:28)

[3]  (1 Cor. 12:12, 13)

[4]  (Acts 10:34, 35; 1 Sam. 16:7)

[5] (Col. 1:16; Gen. 1:27)

[6] (Luke 4:18)

[7] (Psalm 103:6)

[8]  (Psalm 82:3, 4)

[9]  (Isa. 1:17; Psalm 68:5)

[10]  (Luke 6:20)