With all happening in Minneapolis (Justice for George Floyd) and around the country it should be clear.
You are either anti-racist, or racist.
The years of me believing that racial justice wasn’t my fight are one of the reasons that George Floyd was murdered. I believed passive support of others was enough to bring change, and I also believed that the change needed was small. I am ashamed I once believed that. I actually one time thought we were close to justice.
I thought that if I wasn’t going to be a leader for racial justice, that it didn’t need my voice or support. I’m sorry. I was arrogant. I need to do better. We need to do better for those oppressed by racism. We cannot be quiet any longer or we stand with oppressors who have no problem murdering neighbors and friends.
I choose to amplify voices and support the systemic change needed to see Justice flow like a river to all those who thirst for justice. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” I am sorry I have not helped this river flow.
If this post offends you, I want you to think about why. It is Pentecost Sunday – the day we celebrate God pouring his spirit – the Holy Spirit – out on His Church. We must look at the pouring out of the holy spirit into our lives as a sharing of the anointing Jesus for which he proclaimed.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,Jesus starting his ministry by proclaiming his purpose and the heart of God
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
We must proclaim freedom for prisoners and set the oppressed free.