Be the Bridge

This Decisive Hour

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Have you read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,”  I would encourage everyone to read the letter in its entirety, it’s transformative.

I’m in Birmingham because injustice is here.”

He shares his disappointment in the overall silence of the church, fearful of being disturbers of the peace.

I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour.”

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

For the last year, I have been a part of the Be the Bridge community. I highly recommend their resources on racial reconciliation from a Christian perspective.

While in this community in a small group, or through the Facebook forum I am a part of I listen. This is what I hear. Our silence is deafening and painful.

These are difficult times we are a part of. Speaking, standing. No, they are not easy. I feel we have had the luxury of sitting out for too long. People of color have known these truths. The ugly language and ideas that shock our hearts are not new to them. For this, we must lament. We must get up and stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Social justice does not need to be political. Social justice is the work of Jesus. Redeeming and reconciling.

No more silence. There is injustice here.

 

One of my favorite quotes comes from Lupita Nyong’o best-supporting actress win in 2014.

No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Not only dreams but lives.

To God, each life is valid, extraordinary and needful.

A Farewell to Apathy

The last few weeks I have wanted to sink into a bed of apathy and remain there. I would pull the covers over my head and stay quiet, safe and warm.

I think many of us are feeling stress, fatigue, worry, even anger right now. There is so much going on around us. Beyond political strife, there are natural disasters, violence, and hate. All these take a toll on our hearts.

Over the past nine months, I have been a part of a Be the Bridge small group. Our small group discusses racial reconciliation from a Biblical perspective.

The gospel is justice come to life. Latasha Morrison

Founded by Latasha Morrison, Be the Bridge seeks to equip bridge builders with resources, vision, and skills for racial unity. Start here for powerful readings on white privilege, white allies, racial injustice, and education and history.

One of the first things we learned in our Be the Bridge small group is that reconciliation and unity are a hard and messy work.

To reach this goal, we must be willing to remain in tension, be uncomfortable, and not always be right.

A simple, yet powerful way to do this is to listen.

Be kind to yourself- we don’t know what we don’t know. When we do know though, we are responsible for what we do with that knowledge.

I’m excited to share that one of the chapters of Kids Talk Justice is race and our call to be allies of one another.

When we most want to embrace apathy, the greater the time in history to say farewell.

We pray God would guide us in this work. To put over all things LOVE. It is then we have expansive hope.

How can you be a bridge builder in your corner of the world?