I think we need to talk about hatred and racial injustice openly and honestly. I firmly believe that God has called the people of Mt Pleasant to unite and identify concrete ways we can confront racism and hatred that exists in our community. It’s so clear that our country needs a higher standard to follow, and I know in my soul that we can do more to set the example. Jesus said, “an you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8)
That’s a tall order I know, but I’m confident that the collective hearts and minds of the people at Mt Pleasant can chart a bold, new course and set the example of Jesus. I think we collectively feel that God brought us together as a church to boldly confront and heal brokenness and injustice in whatever forms that robs us of our human dignity.
In response to recent events throughout the country, West Virginians are coming together in solidarity against racial injustice. Injustice of any kind impacts us all and is counter to Jesus’ message and our mission as a redemptive church family! (Micah 6:8) Mt Pleasant was founded on the noble principles of social justice, faith in action and a commitment to the sanctity and dignity of each human life. To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all! We cannot continue to live in the fear and distrust that is now sweeping in our land, but must rise up to be a voice of reconciliation and peace.
Recent events in Minnesota and around the country have reminded us of the importance of these principles and the work that lies before us. It is time to make our voices heard and join the conversation to bring healing and restore hope to all of God’s children everywhere. We cannot remain silent at a time such as this, to do so is to side with the oppression and the ongoing injustice.
Desmond Tutu once said, “If you remain neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
(1) Share Jesus
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:4
(2) Build Community
“Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” Colossians 3:11
(3) Imitate Jesus
“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” Phil 2:3
Watch 13th on Netflix (In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.)