How Believers Can Stand Next to People of Color After Charlottesville

I believe the events at Charlottesville is a modern American tragedy. As believers, this should not have happened for us to all wake up and finally agree, “Ok, white supremacy and the oppression of people of color are both real and active.”

We should have long before been listening to the voices of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been shouting out that they were experiencing this oppression.

The reality is that God hates oppression. Take a look at these passages for your own research and wrestle with these questions:

Am I ignoring oppression happening in my own community?

Am I turning a blind eye to racist overtones in conversations and actions around me?

Does my church take seriously that white supremacy is paganism and deserves loving church discipline following the pattern found in Matthew 18?

Do I personally treat everyone as people made in God’s image?

Am I seeking to bring justice to those who are hurt by this world?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lamented the way Christians stood on the sidelines and professing that civil rights are social issues that do not deserve the church’s involvement. We are seeing now how this lack of action within our church and society has created conflicts similar to those from 50 years before.

Racism is wrong. Discrimination is illegal. Why are these still issues being protested? It’s because of apathy in our own hearts and inaction from those who went before us.

Let that inaction and apathy not be charged against our generation of believers at judgment day.

What are other ways you see as an opportunity to stand with people of color? Comment below

 

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