Please don’t explain racism to me today.
Your intentions are good. Sadly, someone does need for you to explain it to them.
However, I’m not one of them.
Not because I am so righteous, but rather because I am a Black American woman fully aware of her nation’s history and her present day experiences.
So yes, some may need to see the pastor interview a black man about what his experience with racism has been in this country. I don’t need that.
I can ask my husband, my father, my family, and my friends what it’s like to be a Black man. I can look in the mirror and think about what I’ve been through.
I do need to hear what the Gospel of Jesus demands of His Church.
I do need to be woken up out of a slumber brought on by prosperity, lack of persecution, and seeking His Kingdom second or third or not at all.
Saying this is a heart issue is not a cop out. That’s correct. What we are seeing is a byproduct of a fallen world where those commanded to be salt and light have stopped shining and have become tasteless.
Judgement starts in the house according to scripture, so I need that explained to me. Teach me how it is my duty to perform as on to the Lord, glorifying Him, in any place I’m planted. Not in a church building only. The family I’m planted in, the friend groups, the school, the workplace. Teach me how to be light and salt in these places.
What that officer did to George Floyd was murder, an abuse of power, and personified wickedness. After that officer’s disciplinary record was released, it was proof that there was a pattern. A pattern of abuse of power on his end, but also a pattern of looking the other way (which is not synonymous with turning the other cheek).
Based on statistics, there should have been more than one “evangelical christian” on that police force with him. At least one “brother in arms” should have recognized the pattern. At least one could have built a relationship to get to the bottom of the heart issue.
What I’m trying to say is, WE dropped the ball church!
Is there darkness in the world and will there be until the Lord returns, yes.
I’m also saying that the Church, Jesus followers, those that believe the God that spoke the world into existence and then reconciled us back to Him after we did wrong, have been asleep on the job for too long.
How many racist, harmful, stereotypical, and ignorant comments do we allow to be said around us?
How many times have you reminded your non-Black friends that Black American culture is a thing and isn’t just something to be used as entertainment?
How often do you speak up in love when your coworker is acting unjustly towards another?
How often do you remember that the Lord LOVES justice?
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” - Jesus (Matthew 23:23)
Please explain being the church in a fallen and hurting world.
Please explain justice, mercy, faithfulness, and loving my neighbor.
Maybe if we remembered that justice is a daily command from God, we wouldn’t need to keep falling back to explaining racism.