The topic of race is a very uncomfortable and divisive topic however I don’t believe that as Christians we are to then be silent about this because we have opposing views or don’t see eye to eye. Silence can very well be consent. I think we should be able to deal with these issues that affect our daily lives. So let’s talk about it :).
For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic of race and police brutality, black racial history, how I feel about them, what can I do personally as a young, black, christian, female, and most importantly how can I handle this situation without sinning against my brothers and sisters, internally and externally. I’ve been to talks and conferences, I’ve been involved in movements, I’ve been reading books to educate myself to inform myself. Whilst on Facebook, I came across a question which made me stop and think, it asked “What is the Church doing to support you as a young black person?” (#loadedquestion).
What is the Church doing?
At first, this question seemed really prideful, selfish and maybe even victim playing. But when I really thought about it, I started thinking about the Church’s stance on the whole racial topic. Right now, the church is at the strongest point of racial harmony than its ever been at and the Church has become a ‘safe space’ for us, away from racial discrimination and the works. But then, it made me question, if the Church is such a safe place, why is it still a taboo to bring up racial issues? Why can we not yet speak so open and freely about the issue? The truth is that this is an issue of the world that affects us all very much. When we leave our churches on those Sunday afternoon and carry on our day-to-day lives, we go to our versions of our lives, some effected heavily by discrimination and prejudice, some with more privileged positions. So can we really carry a passive attitude towards these issues? Does the Church support us? Particularly in this time of need? Or do we see no need?
Police brutality deaths, oppression & more..
I believe that nothing happens without reason, I believe the events going on have a specific purpose. There is a reason (valid or not) as to why awareness has been allowed to form on the police brutality and racism as a whole. Maybe to expose the real condition of the heart of society, maybe to cause a revolution (#vivalarevolucion!), maybe to call white people to repentance (lol) who knows, but it can definitely be said that el racismo is still a very prominent issue in society. As the Church, we’re called to the constant renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) from the conditioning’s of the world. But it also seems very necessary that we renew our minds from its desensitized attitude to oppression. The oppression of a people shouldn’t be something we accept or have a passive attitude towards, be it the immigrant, the poor, the gay or the coloured.
One thing that I’ll always held on to in my studies of the bible is Gods heart for the marginalized in society in the Old Testament and how Jesus’ treated them in New Testament, his simple love for them. In this society, it’s hard to do that, for many reasons but primarily because the world is so far from God but we behave as if being close friends with a lesbian atheist, for example, is sin-advocating if I haven’t tried to baptise her already. I’m in the world but I’m not of this world (John 15:19), meaning that whilst I won’t let this world corruptly define me or condition me any further than it already has, I will love these people past just preaching Jesus to them.
I’ll be answering the question of ‘How is the Church supporting you as a young black person?’ in my next post, but for now, if you have any thoughts on it, let me know down below.
Learn to do good. Seek justice, Rebuke the ruthless, Defend the fatherless, Plead for the rights of the widow in court. – Isaiah 1:17