Should we tie blue ribbons on our cars or join the next BLM march? Saying “both causes are right” or “the answer is somewhere in the middle” is capitulating to apathy – or sloth, at least.
I’m not a sociologist, FYI. And I often can’t discern between reporting and commentary (i.e. what is actually happening vs. what Fox thinks is happening). I’m not trained to explain the intricacies and nuances of this crisis.
But I have lived among and enjoyed sweet fellowship with African Americans. I also have developed a deep respect for the duties of our law enforcement. So my conscience is not satisfied by silent lips.
So The Bi-Daily has articulated several Biblical principles that seem relevant to this crisis. Racism isn’t dead. Racism opposes the cross of Christ. Racism opposes the glory of Christ. Civil unrest opposes the authority of Christ. The true tribal division among people is between the church and the world.
I would like this last article to be very specific. Here are my pleas to the Southern, White local church.
1. Publically Identify Your Church as “Black and Blue”
Invite the black community to your church. Quickly extend a warm hand when they courageously come. Grill burgers for a community meal and specifically invite both the black and blue communities. Love them both tangibly, pray for both fervently, associate with both publically.
2. Serve and Fellowship With a Local African American Church
Host a joint 5th Sunday singing. Take the electricians and plumbers in your congregation to fix anything in need at their site. Have the youth and 20-somethings form a cross-church service group (made up of members from both churches) that participates in serving the community. Join together for Wednesday prayer meeting.
3. Refuse to Simplify the Crisis
Don’t hit the ‘like’ button on any social media post that unequivocally sides with either group in the crisis while also mocking the other side. Affirm the necessity and honor of law enforcement. Despise the abuses of it. Be careful which groups or political figures you associate your congregation with.
4. Pray for Your Local Police Department
Hold community prayer vigils on behalf of those who keep the peace. Start a church prayer journal that every member can contribute to and mail it to the department everytime it fills up. Make the safety and wisdom of your police a specific point of petition on Sunday mornings to God.
5. Speak Often of Christ’s Triumphant Return
In your private devotions and public meetings with friends, think long upon the future glories of God’s kingdom. Consider the diversity of Heaven, where people from every nation will be gathered around the throne of God. Consider the assuritty of Heaven, that no one whom God has placed in Christ’s hand will be released, forever and ever. Consider the joy of Heaven, that racial prejudice will be buried in Hell with death and Christ shall be ourgreat vision.