I’ve been utterly speechless about what’s happened in Ferguson. And St. Paul. And New York City. And everywhere in “The Land of the Free” where you’re at higher risk for harassment, mistreatment, abuse, or death because of the color of your skin.
As a seminarian, training for ministry, I understand that the Church at its best does three things, as outlined by my pastor, Kelly Chatman at Redeemer Lutheran Church this past Sunday:
- The church teaches.
- The church preaches.
- The church shakes things up.
It’s time for churches to speak up. Not many people are being heard in the struggle to shake systems up. It’s high time we catch up and get noisy. If we need to write a social statement or policy on it, let’s do that, but let’s do it after we get noisy.
Isaiah 1:17 (The Message): Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless.
Romans 13:8 (NRSV): Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Until there are no more first class and second class citizens of any nation; until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, everywhere is war.
I have a headache. I have a heartache.