Thoughts on this Pentecost Sunday evening. Two members of our church family spoke up in our morning Zoom meeting to honestly share their struggles and concerns as black men in our current society. I'm so glad they did and trusted us to listen.
Mourn with those who mourn. After going back and watching the full video that shows the horrific treatment and homicide of George Floyd, I am further grieved and appalled by the cruel injustice. To my friends in the black community who are reeling with pain from this reopening of deep wounds, I am so, so very sorry. You should not have to live with this kind of fear in the back of your mind for you, your children and grandchildren. You should never feel that your beautiful lives don’t matter – EVER. And if (probably not if) anyone with white skin ever made you feel that way, whether intentional or not, I want to humbly apologize and ask your forgiveness. You are made in the image of the most high God and are to be treated with honor, respect and equality. Your perseverance and that of your ancestors is an encouragement to people worldwide, and as you press on to fight injustice, may you gain more support this time from those around you - especially from your brothers and sisters in Christ.
And to those that went into law enforcement to serve and protect the community, only to have those who wear the uniform bring distrust, I am sorry for how this has impacted you. And to all the men and women of color who wear the badge, I cannot imagine what walking that line of duty to your community and profession is like during times like these. The cold and callous manner of the disgraced officer, while Mr. Floyd begged for breath, and how the vocal concerns of bystanders were ignored is repulsive to watch, and so is the destruction that has followed.
In our fallen state, we struggle and are overwhelmed with what seems like a daily barrage of bad news. Many are weary from worry, whether it be from the coronavirus to desperate financial concerns, and are tempted to focus on their own issues and survival. But please realize there are opportunities for humbling and healing all around us, and instead of escape or hiding from the uncomfortable issues, we need to love God and one another with a passion and ask the Holy Spirit, The Mighty Wind, to fill this place and heal our land.
Stay humble & BOLD!
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
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