“This is God’s Message: Attend to matters of justice. Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don’t take advantage of the homeless, the orphans, the widows. Stop the murdering!”
-Jeremiah 22:3 (MSG)
It doesn’t get much more clear than this.
I’ve noticed throughout case after case of inexcusable injustice in the United States over the past few months, that many of my friends, most of whom are Christians, tend to be awfully quiet. Since the Charleston shooting on Wednesday night I’ve heard, “What a tragedy,” “Praying for the families of the victims,” and “God’s present. He’ll take care of them” more times than I can count. But what I haven’t heard from many of my friends is, “What can I do to prevent this? What’s MY role?” “I’m going to stand up against injustice” or even the admittance of the fact that racism is the root of these countless cases of violence.
Guys. Being a Christian doesn’t mean maintaining the status quo and trying to ‘keep the peace’ amidst oppression and injustice. Pardon my frankness, but as Jarrid Wilson (@jarridwilson) frankly stated on Twitter last week, “Racism is alive and feeding. Any Christians that choose not to stand up against injustice aren’t truly living like Christ.”
If Jesus was walking among us today, I firmly believe that this is something he would be flipping tables over. I know that our God would do more than sit and scroll through his Twitter feed pretending not to see case after case of pure hatred getting the best of people and causing violence of terroristic proportions.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” -Matthew 5:9
Notice that it says peaceMAKERS, not peacekeepers. We are not blessed when we choose to remain neutral in situations of hate, of inequality, of injustice. We are blessed when we MAKE peace in these circumstances, when we call ourselves and each other higher than the indifference so many of us have become trapped in.
The Jesus I know wouldn’t stand for what so many of us are turning a blind eye to, and neither will I.
Stand with me. Stand with Christ. Stand up in opposition against injustice.