The events of the last 10 days have thrown us into an emotional upheaval and a heaviness of heart and spirit. Last week, we watched the video of a man, George Floyd, killed by those sworn to “keep the peace.” The sight was unbelievable, appalling, sickening and enraging. This incident was yet another indication that the undercurrent of racism is very real and present. Sunday morning, in our online gatherings for Sunday School, members shared their feelings and thoughts about what had transpired. Hearing from members of our church family who are black and those who have family members who are black was a poignant reminder of the pain and injury that racism inflicts everyday.
Racism is not something that just appears, it is always present. Racism is a condition of the heart that depreciates the worth of one, or a whole people group, of God’s children who are loved and valued equally by God as any other of God’s children. Racism creates a propensity for us to sin in ways that harms others whether we do so physically, emotionally or mentally. I believe the organizers and most people who attended the protests, rallies and marches intended these events to be peaceful. Were it not for the pandemic, some of us would have attended alongside them. We all see what has and is occurring, but we must check ourselves before jumping to conclusions about who is responsible for the violence and destruction. We heard mayors, many of them black, appealing for people to stop the violence and to go home. In each mayor’s appeal was the tone of anger and grief. They expressed what many were feeling as they talked about their city, our city.
We have waited far too long to do what is needed as citizens and more importantly, as followers of the one who came to be with us, redeem us, and demonstrate to us that we are loved and are one in Him. Change that is good does not just happen, it occurs when we are intentional and proactive and with a willingness for our heart to be changed. Oh, how it would bring pleasure to the heart of God for all of God’s children to live and love one another the way God desires us to love and care for one another.