“So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.” – Gen 1:27
Racism is a sin. It’s a sin that is practiced overtly and yet rarely gets the attention of the White Christian like other overtly practiced sins (and many less overt). I want to point out before I continue that this isnt at all an attempt at white shaming. It’s also not a discussion about white privilege. It is a discussion about how we as Christians should respond when we see quite obvious acts of racism unfold before us.
Especially acts that lead to death.
Yes, this is a response to the horrific death of George Floyd. But first, a confession. I’ve never seen the point in racism. I don’t get why people put down, enslave, and try to destroy another people group because of skin color or ethnicity. While I hope I’ve never overtly offended anyone outside of pure ignorance, I admit I havent really spoken up either when something obviously racist happens like what we saw with these copes in Minnesota.
I was always taught to respect authority and that generally, cops are the good guys. I have a few cop friends across many ethnicities and for the most part, this is accurate. But my bias and trust in the idea that they are there to serve and protect jaded my response in many of the previous events that also claimed the lives of African Americans and other people of color.
I am not saying that I was blind to the racism. I was not. But I was still willing to give the cops the benefit of the doubt or at least find some reason why the victim was somehow at fault.
I can’t do that anymore, and to my African American friends and friends of other ethnicities, let me ask humbly for your forgiveness. I would not wish this on any of you but my complacency has been unacceptable.
I was very glad to see my own church, from the highest leadership, openly condemned the actions of these cops in Minnesota. This is the point of this post, to call out the church, especially white evangelicals, and call it what it is, sin. We should denounce this sin and be just as disgusted and appalled by it as we pretend we are by other prominent sins. While I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve seen at least this time, we have some work to do. Lot’s of work to do.
For now, we need to stand in solidarity and, as a church, denounce this sin. The report says that Floyd was trying to pass some counterfeit money. While theft is also a sin, here in our country, it is not a crime punishable by death. As Christians, we should grieve for his Spirit, his soul, that now will be judged by God. Was he a saint, forgiven, that found himself in a desperate situation during these trying times? Or was he someone we have lost for eternity? We won’t know that now. This should be the main reasons Christians speak out about racism and these kinds of injustices. Those who die and are lost, they are lost forever.
If this makes you uncomfortable, then it should. We can’t make disciples of all the nations if we turn a blind eye when a people group is killed just because of the color of their skin. Every lost soul grieves God. We need to stand up for truth, justice, and life. All life.
I stand with George Floyd and the entire race he represents. And through it all, I pray that God’s glory, love, mercy, grace, and justice will manifest itself. I pray people will come to repentance and bridges will be built where there weren’t any before. I pray it will be on Earth as it is in heaven.
And in the meantime, I hope our court system doesn’t botch this and delivers the justice that George Floyd deserves. And if we believe that God created man, male and female in his image, than we need to act like it.