Another wreckless moment in history calls for the sharing of words as I struggle to find them –because, well – 2017.
That KKK and NeoNAZI marches shown in black & white photos in history books could now be found as of Summer 2017 on YouTube, FB, Snapchat, the news, our IG accounts etc. is disgusting. That my little brother is growing up in a world where REAL people do these things when I -- a 90s KID, learned about the crazies from the 60s like they'd never return is heart-jolting. That it only took 6 months or so post January 20th, 2017 for David Duke to get out there and “fulfill the promises of President Donald Trump," (his words), only to then be passionLESSsly rebuked from a golf course in NJ or Capitol Hill...
I can’t keep up honestly.
I could barely pull my own thoughts together on Saturday as I anxiously waited for a leader to speak out. The silence was deafening for a moment. I knew who I’d hear from, but I wanted to hear from others. And it happened. Rolling in like a current, some of my white sisters and brothers took to their platforms to unapologetically denounce racism – insist that black lives mattered, and called the hatred out onto the carpet for what it was. I was encouraged & my heart resumed its beat. Because true Christianity is NOT just caring about the oppressed and justice if you ARE the oppressed. Jesus took special interest in the well-being of those who are marginalized, and so should we. Wasn't it the sacrifice and unified strategy of multiple races during the Civil Rights era that brought this nation to higher ground, albeit - still deeply flawed. Wouldn't that call for UNITY - now? We need one another.
“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
(1 John 3:10)
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…”
“But I tell you, Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.”
So where’s the silver lining? Is there any? It's that now, no one can say that African-Americans have been imagining racism for the last 40 years or so. Or that we should get over it. Because no one says that to Holocaust survivors... And they shouldn't.
To that end, Barack Obama was never proof that racism was gone. He was progress. And a trigger -- for all that lied beneath.
Black people are sensitive to the effects of racism in the USA because we have lived them out. We are keenly aware; not paranoid. Unfortunate events & living conditions have touched us in a way that would never reach our white counterparts. It’s easy to say just get up and fix it when systemic racism is the oppressor. And it’s easy to overlook the strength of that fight – because, well, privilege. Yes. Privilege. And just because some can’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We don’t see air. But it’s there. And we can feel it. It’s out there. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it’s as a strong wind.
And who are these people? Where did they clock in to work today? How do they cover up their deep hate and scorn? Are they loan officers? Teachers? Daycare workers? Because women attended too… Are they healthcare providers? Are they safely assimilating back into everyday life like nothing ever happened? Like this is acceptable? Like the cancer to society that they are? Can we charge them for NOT holding a peaceful protest? Because this was not a MARCH – it was more like a RIOT, an at-home terrorist demonstration. I keep googling to see if Fox News ever used those words to describe Saturday, but I’m coming up short. What a fallen world. God hates a false balance – every convenient bias... and the like.
The rotten SIN that is racism and thoughts of superiority based on color or country or WHATEVER that drives division, secures injustice, infects us with hatred, that justifies maltreatment and systemically withheld opportunity will only be well combated when the CHURCH and all its leaders agree on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And then fight for God’s kingdom to come, right here on earth. That “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for [we] are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).” It lies heavily on whether the golden rule is really what we’ll live out – and whether we’ll allow ourselves to be the vessels Jesus can use to bring His kind of healing to frozen cold hearts. This is not about our pockets. Or our dreams coming true. Or our favorite worship song. This is about unbelievers finally knowing us by our LOVE. This is about the prayer of faith accompanied by works.
We cannot back out of this one and be silent. We have to participate. We have to lead the way. And we’ll even have to love our enemies. No war is won by retreat.
Black Lives Matter. Like everyone else’s…
“White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism.” Say it until they can hear it at the White House.
THANK YOU Heather Heyer. You sacrificed all by just showing up.
Jesus was not a Republican; neither was He a Democrat. He wasn’t even American. So enough with any politics or personal opinions dividing the body. If this ever were a nation founded on the character of Christ – we need repentance, not arrogance – and a strong, consistent rebuke of what is morally wrong - not passive pacification.
If you have been loving, love LOUDER.
I'm thinking the decent majority can beat out the evil minority. Just takes a little grit.
Let your light shine on into the darkness..
Don’t you hide it if you’ve got it.