Updated: Jun 6
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross,
thereby killing the hostility.
I don’t know what the future holds for myself and my family but I need to try to make a difference. We will try to make a difference. I am praying for a church, or many churches, that will fully support diversity from top to bottom. I realize that not everyone is passionate about this, but I will personally make a strong attempt at making a difference. I can no longer be comfortable myself or wait for others to make this change in how we view black and brown people.
Will you pray for me? Will you pray with me? Will you not be a person to just post about racial iniquities and be a person about real action and change? I believe that is what Christ would want us to do. He would want us to stand with and love those who are being killed unjustly. We have seen time and time again how the narrative changes if the same things happened to a person that is white.
I am praying for a church that would not reflect the worlds ignorance, a church that is not active or passive in their racism. The church has to be different. How is the world out doing us in love in this area? How is the world seeing the basic human dignity in mankind that the church is failing to cry out over? We claim to know God most and are utterly silent. We have to be different. Me, and most of my family members share the same skin color as these murdered men of the present and past and I can no longer not speak on these issues.
For those of you who do not see this as a problem, I would ask you to consider what would be the most Christ like response to these wicked days we live in. Should you continue to live in comfort, with fear of change, or should we speak out and act out against such awfulness? Not just speak but act. Not just do one act but continuous actions for change. Should you continue to associate with people who make sly racist remarks toward people of color? I am hoping. I am praying for a church that would reflect a holy hatred for racism but also promote healthy community relationships. To really want to get to know and be around those who are different. To welcome them into services and treat them with the same interest as our white brothers and sisters. To actively love the poor and people in our city the way that cops sometimes don’t. I realize all cops are not bad. In fact, I know some very good ones. I just think as church we need to step up. Way up. We need to be intentional about our ministries toward our black brothers and sisters, as we seem to be the first ones to post about these events on social media but very ineffective when it comes to addressing these matters.
We need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, vulnerable, and welcoming to those different from us. We need to create continuous dialogue.
It’s time church.
I will end this blog post with offering some suggestions, especially to white church leadership in this country.
1. Check in on black brothers and sisters, pray with them and for them, listen to them and their stories about racial injustices and how living in the USA has impacted them presently and historically.
2. Educate yourself on this country's past and present systemic racism.
3. Speak out for blacks against any systemic or white supremacy ideologies among family or friends. Write public officials to change laws that harm people of color.
4. Help poor black communities to thrive through ministries like New City Fellowship and 441 Café. If you are really feeling adventurous, you can even start a multicultural church plant or create ministries within your church to help cultivate love for people of color.
5. Start encouraging whites to see black people as God sees them, made in His image.
6. Encourage white leadership to train staff and volunteers on racial injustices and some possible biases and blind spots that they may hold in ministry.
7. Join a protest. There is nothing wrong with protesting peacefully. There is something wrong with rioting. When or if the rioting starts, leave.
8. Don't just post on social media about racial injustices but have a plan an vision to change them.
I hope this was helpful. I do love and appreciate all my brothers and sisters out there (both black, white, Hispanic, Asian, etc.).
Stay strong in Christ.