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Are You Anti-Racist?

Over the weekend our country was once again reminded of the reality of racism as displayed in Charlottesville, VA.  On Sunday in my sermon I said there are two categories of people in our country right now—those who are anti-racist (speaking out against racism) and those who are racist.

I realize that the word “racist” brings about all kinds of imagery and emotions.  Most, if not all of us, would cringe at the idea of this label applying to us.  After all, we love everyone no matter their color, right?  However, if we aren’t speaking up for the people we claim to love do we really love them?  Is it possible that our silence on the matter is actually perpetuating the issue? 

So how can we come against this racism?  How can we be anti-racist?  Here are a few ideas.

  1. Accept that issues of race are your issues (even if you are white).
  2. Start conversations with people you know.
  3. Speak against racism on social media.
  4. Try to learn something new about the racial conflict in America.
  5. Pray for the racial unity of the church and the country.
  6. Invite people of another race to services, studies, and activities of the church.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”  Church, let’s not be silent on this one.  This is not a political issue.  This is a kingdom issue.  We need to stand on the side of our Savior.  We need to come against the powers of darkness.  We need to influence the world with the kingdom of God.

In Him,
Pastor Tim