During the summer of 2016, I read somewhere on Twitter that the year had established itself as another 1968, which was a terrifying. Now two months in to 2017, was I naive to think things couldn’t get worse? Maybe. I don’t know yet. Here is what I do know…
People who won’t accept that black and brown Americans continue to have a much different experience from others in our country, your time is over. People who believe violent reprisals against the state and it’s officers is justified, your time is over. You will not drag us back to the past. Your time has come and gone in this nation. Your causes are in their death throes. Your hatred and small-mindedness are dying out. You are each in a shrinking minority. The future belongs to the overwhelming and growing majority of us who are scarred but smarter, who have figured out how to both have empathy for and stand up for those who suffer injustice and who simultaneously support those who truly protect and serve all who live in our communities while advocating for the removal of those who would perpetuate injustice.
You can roll your eyes, cast blame, throw out rhetorical fallacies, thump your chest, point fingers that “they” started it, tell others to get over it and love it or leave it, yearn for a mythical non-existent past, post nonsensical cynical memes, use inflammatory language and just generally side with those who are piles of bones and dust in the ground who helped create this mess. OR you can listen to your better angels and join in on the hard work that has been already been started by the best of our species for the good of all.
I know where God is moving. That’s where I’m going.
You shall not kill.
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.
Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Let justice roll on like a river.
Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly.
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those.
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God.
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?…And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
When you love others, you complete the law.
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
So it is written. So shall it be done.