The past two weeks my emotions have ranged from unbelief to anger to deep sadness after the inhumane murder of George Floyd. It awakened within me the need to educate myself and not remain as a bystander. It is not enough for me to say “I am not racist”. I have to stand against racism in all forms and be “Anti-racist”. To all the people that are hurting, especially our black brothers and sisters, I stand with you and support your right to be seen and heard. George Floyd’s death was not just a terrible incident or action of police brutality, it is a wakeup call for our entire nation that we must stop this evil of systemic racism. We do this through our voices and actions and by our prayers of discernment on the best way to do our individual parts. I have come to understand that silence and inaction equal apathy and at worst, consent. This reminds me of what Edmund Burke said in the 1700’s. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing”.
We must listen and learn from each other, and together fight injustice, inequality and discrimination. We are all needed to effect a change and show our solidarity for those who are suffering. I invite us all to reflect upon the greatest commandment that Jesus gave us. “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” This is why we were created: love upward and inward toward God and outward toward all humankind and all of creation. When we grow to love God more, we develop that heart for all others that God has. Loving other people fully means seeing them as God sees them. Our society, once again, is at a tipping point, that demands transformation.
Lord, please have mercy on us all and give us understanding, wisdom and courage to each take our place in this urgent work of healing, love and justice for all.