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Sojourn Blog

We (Still) Have a Problem

Posted by Justin Pearson on

I’ve been thinking about it all week. Thinking, reading, praying.

Two more videos surfaced this week. One showing a woman calling the police on a black man, Christian Cooper, for asking her to put a leash on her dog and one showing the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.

In one week we’ve been exposed once again to the reality that we (still) have a problem in our country with racism.

Sure, it may not always be in the same overt form it took on from 1619 to the 1970s (that’s a long time by the way), but it is still at work in our hearts, minds, and systems. Both of these videos give graphic evidence of that being true.

And that is a problem. But it isn’t just a problem for black and brown friends and neighbors to deal with or figure out. It is a problem for all of us. It is a problem because it is not pleasing to our God—who created all of us in his image and who calls us to justice and mercy informed by the ethic of the Kingdom of God, not the kingdoms of this world.

Racism in any form is sinful. When it is blatant, I think we all agree with that. But the subtly of its presence in our lives and systems can deceive us into thinking, “Not me. I’m not racist.”

This is not an accusation, but an invitation to consider if that is actually true. Not whether you are indeed a racist (which if you are I desperately plead with you to repent), but whether your thinking and the systems you are a part of misinform you about people who look different than you do and lead you to treat them differently or to look the other way when they are treated unjustly.

I have so many more thoughts, so many more things I want to say right now and some I don’t want to say. I just deleted a whole paragraph.

But right now, I am at a loss for words. My heart is broken for our country and is grieving with my friends and neighbors who are grieving.

I also recognize that there are far more eloquent and qualified people to speak to this than me.

So I want to encourage you to read, listen, and pray using the resources below. And if you’d like to talk more about this and work on it together in community, please let me know. I’d love to do that with you.

I’m at a loss for words, but I am not without hope. Jesus is still King. And one day he will come again and make all things new. And to that I say, once again, Come Lord Jesus!

.grace and peace.
Justin

Bible Reading:

  • Read and pray Psalms of Lament like Psalm 12, 13, 44.
  • Look up and read passages on justice.
  • Read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

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​​​​​​​Sobering Songs:

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