Updated: Jun 14
Generally speaking, I am resistant to jump on the bandwagon with the latest politically correct thing to say. There are so many times there is something cool to adopt one side or the other culturally…and you see such strong opinions being thrown out there…do you just go along with what it seems like everyone else is saying? Should we wear a mask in public like Dr. Fauci says? What is the right response to the LGBTQ movement? Which superheroes are greater: DC or Marvel? (OK–the first 2 are legitimate questions, the last one is trivial, but some make even trivial questions like this a heated topic!)
But I want to encourage you to stop and consider the current issue facing our nation with the injustice done to African Americans. Seeing the footage of Ahmad Aubrey being hunted down and killed in my home state of Georgia; and then to see the horror of George Floyd’s death – What is happening in our country? As a follower of Christ, consider the way the bible speaks so directly to this issue. From Jesus extending grace across racial lines to the woman at the well, a Samaritan (John 4:7-26). To Paul’s declaration to the church that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28) to the picture of heaven, the bride of Christ, “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Paul David Tripp says “The Bible, which is your guide for life, makes it clear that justice is dear in the heart of your Lord. From cover to cover, Scripture speaks loudly and clearly. This question is, will we?” This is the righteousness of God that we as the people of God are called to reflect. Loving our brother, extending grace, standing for justice.
Some people have taken exception to #BlackLivesMatter: why all the attention specifically on one particular group? But the reason behind this attention for African Americans, instead of just a blanket inclusion of all races, is the specific injustice, the hurt, the tragedy that has been inflicted on the black community. White, Latino, Asian, we have not experienced the kind of national tragedy that the African American community has had to deal with. It is right for us to mourn with those that mourn (Romans 12:15), to hurt with the hurting, to bear the burdens (Galatians 6:2) with our African American brothers and sisters.
A value that I want to cultivate in my life and in our church is humility. This goes especially in this time when we as a nation are grieving with our black brothers and sisters. I am praying that we would not hide away, close our hearts, close the door, but instead, we would humbly engage, listen, learn and act. To seek together the grace of God we need to be changed as people and as a nation.
* This post is the beginning of the Church Planting South Dawson June Newsletter Follow the link for the complete June update.