I read a statement by the President of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount that was released shortly after George Floyd was killed. He writes “If white Christians were to ask me, a black Christian, what they should do in response to the spiral of racially sparked violence into which we are rapidly and inevitably descending, I have pondered the response I would give. Strange, since no one has asked, that I nonetheless feel compelled to answer.” Dr. Blount goes on to answer the hypothetical question. Here is the link to full statement. https://www.upsem.edu/newsroom/statement-from-president-blount-on-the-death-of-george-floyd/
For me, what captured my attention was the statement he made, “White Christians are not witnessing. Not enough.” As much as I wanted to rush to say that’s not true, I could not. When talking about racial injustice and my experiences with it, the honest truth is, I have not really been that exposed to it and my participation has been limited. I am so thankful to Ken Visser who approached us about participating in the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge that is offered through the Presbyterian Church that addresses structural racism in our culture.
The 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge is a self-guided study that is done at home. Each day there is a reading or a short video that deals with racial injustice. After each 7 day block the Rev. Dr. Paul Reiter will “moderate” a zoom gathering to assist in the process of discerning the information that has been presented. We hope you will join in this study that is aimed at raising our awareness or lack thereof of racial injustice and to help us discovery healthy, authentic and powerful ways in which can address it and witness to it. (You will continue to receive the Evening Readings from us. This challenge is an additional study for those who are interested in participating. Please look in the announcements below for sign-up information.)
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 7:5-7
“For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors forever and ever.”
What is your reaction to Dr. Blount’s statement?
What ways and doings do you need to amend to act more justly?
What are the other gods that we chase after?
Prayer: Holy God, I want my heart to be big enough to welcome all and to see all as created in your image. Help me to be a part of the solution. Lead me on the path of change and let me maintain faithfulness. Amen.
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