Right now all across North America (and beyond), the much-ignored issues of social injustice and racial bias are being brought to the light. As I see it, it’s important for both individuals and organizations to not remain quiet during this time, but to take a stand. In recent weeks, we’ve done just that here on The Contemplative Activist. I’ll quickly admit that some of these posts have not been received well by some, but quite honestly, I’m encouraged by the good number of positive comments that encourage us to keep going. So, for those who might have missed these previous posts, here’s a review:
May 28 – One Photo Can Change A Nation’s Direction.
June 7 – A Current-Day Lesson from Joshua.
June 17 – Did You Know That Kneeling is an American Tradition?
We will continue to post along this subject line in the weeks ahead. Know that on Friday, July 10, we are also beginning a very timely blog/podcast series entitled:
Peacemakers for the Cause of Christ: Facilitators of God’s Peace in a World Hungering for Peace. (click on this link to take a look at where we plan to go with this 31-session series)
Next, I want to share with you today an important statement made this week by Sustainable Faith, the organization that Sandy & I work for.
The whole concept of the Imago Dei … is the idea that all [people] have something within them that God injected. Not that they have substantial unity with God, but that every [person] has a capacity to have fellowship with God. And this gives [us] a uniqueness, it gives [us] worth, it gives [us] dignity. And we must never forget this as a nation: there are no gradations in the image of God. We will know one day that God made us to live together as [brothers and sisters] and to respect the dignity and worth of every [person].
Martin Luther King Jr., from a sermon given on July 4, 1965
This is a hinge moment, a defining season both domestically and worldwide. More than ever Sustainable Faith is committed to seeding the world with people who fiercely uphold the sanctity of God’s image in others, who act with compassion, listen with love, act justly, and work for the kingdom of God to come in fullness … to people of every tribe, nation and tongue.
Weep with those who weep.
And finally, I’d like to share an informational video that I’ve found very helpful in teaching me, as a older, white American male, about the long-sufferings of my brothers and sisters of color throughout American history. As I see it, this 18-minute video can help us all better understand the times in which we live, and the racial bias that’s being currently addressed by the Black Lives Matter movement. I highly recommend investing 18 minutes of your time in order to be become better informed.
VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer clearly explains systemic racism, mostly for a white audience seeking to understand.
In closing…May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You,