Thursday, June 04, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
What can I do? What can I do about the evil of racism that has been, and still is, a part of our society? What can I do about the rioting that is taking place in our nation? The images I’ve seen are shocking, bringing tears to my eyes. As my heart breaks over the tragedy of racism it’s easy to see that rioting is not the answer, that is just another form of evil. So, what can I do? I want to do something but I’m not sure what.
One conclusion I am sure of is that the first thing I must do is look to Christ. In Christ there is unity, love, justice, righteousness, racial barriers are broken down, and ultimately people of every tribe, nation and race are brought together as one family. So, I recognize the better question to ask is, what can I do as I look to Christ?
- As I look to Christ I can be upset and even angry. I can be angry, not violently angry, but shocked and dismayed at the ungodliness of social injustice and discrimination. I can be upset with the murder of someone of color made in the image of God. I can be angry that there are people in my community and nation that are fearful, or are treated differently because of the color of their skin.
- As I look to Christ I can pray. I can pray for the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and all who have suffered the indignation of racism. I can pray that our land would be healed from the sin of discrimination as more and more people seek Christ.
- As I look to Christ I can encourage. I can encourage those who have experienced discrimination, letting them know that I love them and that my heart breaks for them. I can encourage healthy dialogue on godly social justice and point to the hope for change that we have in Christ.
- And as I look to Christ I can learn. I should not assume I know what it feels like to be discriminated against for generations on end, but I can read, I can listen, and I can learn. In 2016, our denomination, the PCA, formally and publicly repented of discrimination and racism. Thursday, June 4, at 2pm EST the PCA will hold a webinar on Racial Brokenness in America and our Gospel Response (a link is included below). All are invited to learn.
As we consider what we can do, may we first and foremost look to Christ. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Through Christ, as we see the ugliness of the sin of racism in our midst, may we be upset, pray, encourage and learn. I hope you will be able to join me as I continue to learn how to respond to the evil of racism at Thursday afternoon’s webinar. And together, may we look to Christ and seek healing for our land.