can't remain silent. None of us can. White privilege is a cancer in
our Country. Racism is a cancer. Violence is a cancer. Precious
child of God, George Floyd was yet another victim of this systemic
evil system of white privilege, racism and violence. George
Floyd’s brutal death at the hands of evil systemic racism was not a
rare act in this country. It has happened in this country since
its inception and continued on from there. It hides itself
under the sinful idea that one group of people, whites are superior
to all others. Blatantly and subtly whites have been told they
are smarter and more important than any other.
over the Country, and world, people of color have had enough.
Their protests for years have been systematically ignored just as
their rights and dignity and God given beauty have been. And so
it is not a surprise that anger is spilling out everywhere. Anger and
hurt are twins. I affirm the vast majority of protesters whose
marches and rallies have been rightfully organized with strength,
pointed messages without violence that expose evil. I also
affirm those police officers and governmental leaders who have not
bowed down to the idol of racism and white privilege. But I
understand why violence erupted in many of these protests. And I
still condemn it as I do white privilege and racism.
in front of a church, and holding up a Bible after igniting more
violence is not an act of leadership from our President. It is
the very opposite. It is evil. And it is blasphemous. And
while I’m at it, I need to also take my own inventory on racism,
how I participate in it and how it also benefits me as a white
male in this Country. And I need to repent.
you and I were baptized into Jesus’ life – as I tell our
Confirmands regularly -our lives were claimed for courageous, loving
deeds for the sake of the world. We were claimed for a life that
courageously stands against evil, and for the Biblical word, agape,
(love) which seeks the neighbor’s good, and puts it even before our
own good. Jesus defined the neighbor, as everyone, no exceptions.
That’s the essence of Christianity dear members of our Northeastern
Minnesota Synod. We are to live this life not on our own power, which
will not be enough, but by the strength of Christ who now lives in us
through the Holy Spirit that you and I and Christians all over the
world just celebrated on Pentecost all over this Country.
are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be
hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel
basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the
house. In the same way let you light shine before others, so
that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in
-Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16) >
two weeks, on June 17, the ELCA will commemorate the 5th
of that horrific shooting when a young white Lutheran man, shot and
killed nine black members at
a Bible study
at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston. Take
part in this. Congregational resources for this commemoration:
only the beginning.
the Spirit agitate us into the good and courageous and organized
works of love that focus on this particular sin of racism.