Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Last week, as if one pandemic was not enough, another one
collided with it creating feelings of anger, sadness, and despair for so
Two pandemics colliding creating the perfect storm.
As many of us were doing our best to cope with Covid-19, the
novel corona virus, a not-so-novel virus raised its ugly head once again.
You know what I’m talking about.
This second virus is systemic racism.
No, it is not
novel. It has been around far too long time. Way too long!
Wouldn’t be great if we all put as much effort toward ending
racism as we are putting toward ending Covid-19? Maybe it is time to reconsider what it is that is
corroding our American society from the inside out.
I am not an expert on epidemiology or sociology, but I know
enough to understand that both viruses and racial biases are destructive to the
life that God intends for all of his children.
I respect the right of all people to peacefully protest and that
right should be protected. I do not, however, condone violence toward
people or property. These are two entirely different things and should be
treated as such. It is unfortunate, however, that violence and destruction
seems to capture our attention more than peaceful gatherings with heartfelt and
impassioned speeches. This is a separate issue we need to deal with.
At Grace Lutheran Church our vision is to be “a
radically inclusive, multicultural community who serve and lead together with
the love of Jesus.”
This statement leaves no room for any kind of racism, sexism,
homophobia, or religious bias.
“Radically inclusive, multicultural” is the
key to building the kingdom of God and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.
We recently gathered together to celebrate Pentecost, one of the
“high holy days of the church.” In the narrative of the speaking in
different languages, we learn the intent of God’s Spirit that the message of
Jesus needs to be proclaimed to all people of every race and language.
This is not just in words but in action.
If we are going to bring this pandemic of racism to a close, we
will all need to look deep within and amend our lives in a way that puts an end
our own personal biases. We need to be the people God calls us to be,
seeing everyone from every race and culture as a child of God, someone for whom
Christ died. This is who we are called to be.
Remember… we are “grace in ACTION.”