How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
This is the first line of Psalm 133 which is the lectionary text for this week.
This week I have read a number of responses to last week’s violence in Charlottesville Virginia. Some have tried to convey their message through humor, some through use of video or illustration, some by use of scripture or quotes of various past leaders. The media has presented us with more information than can possibly be taken in even by the most zealous reader. I have been angered, challenged, brought to tears and laughter and made to think on and hear voices that come from a wide spectrum of our society. Different responses have focused on various and diverse aspects of the events in Charlottesville. Because of this and being coupled with some very different opinions on just what went wrong and what or who is to blame, we have a lot to think about if indeed we choose to respond.
One statement I will share with you comes from J Herbert Nelson II who is our current Stated Clerk of the PCUSA. You can find this on the pcusa.org web site as well as other materials to fight racism. You can also find some other PCUSA materials at FacingRacism.org .
J Herbert Nelson II says in part:
“White supremacy and racism stand in stark, irreconcilable contradiction to God’s intention for humanity. They reject part of the human family and are utterly contrary to God’s Word made incarnate in Jesus. They are idolatries that elevate human created hierarchies over God’s freely given grace and love. They are lies about the human family, for they seek to say that some people are less than other people. They are lies about God because they falsely claim that God favors some people over the entirety of creation.”
He goes on to say:
“By God’s grace may we remember the events in Charlottesville, repent of our acquiescence and failures; and renew our commitment to proclaim and live the good news of Jesus Christ. May that commitment lead us to stand against, speak against and work against racism and white supremacy, this day and every day. “
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