There were many times in the Bible where Jesus was so deeply moved by compassion that he not only wept with his brothers and sisters, but his actions were formed out of this compassion. One example is in John 11:33, 35 when he is seen comforting Lazarus’ sister Mary. “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Jesus wept.” Jesus didn’t just weep, he actually raised Lazarus from the dead—he was moved to action.
Our nation has been grieving from the recent murders of innocent black lives by the hands of police officers. The most recent being George Floyd on May 25th, which sparked unrest in America that has reverberated around the globe. There has never been a better time than right now to not just mourn with those who mourn but to use this compassion to drive us to action. The question remains—where do we go from here as a country and what can we do personally to make a difference?
The truth is there is no easy answer. There is no one size fits all solution; the reason being that this issue is layered and multifaceted. This is not just an isolated incident with one or two corrupt police officers. This is instead part of a broader pattern of institutionalized racism. What we are seeing is only the tip of the iceberg of a societal system whose infrastructure is founded upon, and driven by, mechanisms of inequality, prejudice and discrimination on the basis of race.
Although this problem seems endless and ginormous nothing is too big for our God.
A great first step to creating change in this country would be to have eyes to see. Isaiah 42:20 says, “You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” It is hard to fix a problem when many in America do not see what has been going on for hundreds of years as a problem. I believe this is what it truly means to carry each other’s burdens. When our brothers and sisters of color’s problem become our problem, we are able to move together to create a solution.
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