RESPONSE TO THE JACOB BLAKE DECISION

Today I’m reminded of how much we need the mercy and justice of Jesus. I’m reminded today of how much our world needs for him to be our leader. For Jesus to come fully into his kingdom…. Oh how I’m longing for that to happen!

When Jesus comes fully into his kingdom, every wrong will be righted, all things will be made new, the oppressed will be lifted up and the proud will be humbled. As the Prophet Isaiah says: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together, and a little child will lead them. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all (his) holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” I’m longing for that day, when the shalom of God, the peace made possible by our Jesus, soaks the universe with its transcendent loveliness and power.

That day is not yet here. We only need look to the news.

Today my heart is broken. My heart is broken for my black and brown brothers and sisters. This has been a brutal year. I’m reminded of Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. These names are only a few who have suffered at the hands of a world-empire that has perpetuated the demonic narrative of racism. My heart is broken for their families. And my heart is broken for my black and brown brothers and sisters who have recently heard the news that the officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake will not be charged. We are so very, very sorry for how retraumatizing this decision is for you, our brothers and sisters.

And for those in law enforcement, we know that many of your hearts also break for the injustice all around us. May you have wisdom and grace and courage as you put your lives on the line and as you have to make the kinds of split decisions that could alter the lives of so many. May the hand of Jesus be on each one of you. We are praying for you.

To our black and brown brothers and sisters, we say this again. We stand with you. We love you. We mourn with you. We pray, just as I’m sure many of you do, for another leader to be the leader of our world. We pray for Jesus. His justice. And we also re-affirm our sacred calling to bring that justice, the mishpat of God, to bright light into this present darkness.

After George Floyd was killed last summer, we prayed this prayer. Would you pray this prayer with me again?

Almighty God,
who created us in your image:
Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil
and to make no peace with oppression;
and, that we may reverently use our freedom,
help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice
in our communities and among the nations,
to the glory of your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever.
Amen.
Arise! O Lord, and awaken your people!

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