“Thoughts on Racial Injustice and the Christian Response:
I often hear a version of the following argument from many Christians in regards to racial injustice, the fight for social justice, peaceful protest, etc. “It’s ultimately a sin issue and the only way it’ll be fixed is through Christ and the church.”
While this is (technically) true it’s an oversimplified thought process on sin. Yes, racism (and the injustice it systematically produces) is by definition “sin” and sin is manifested in racism. But this is true for many sins that aren’t treated in such an oversimplified way in terms of addressing the issue and seeking change.
Drug addiction is, also by Christian definition, a sin. It’s a form of idolatry and it very easily leads to other sins and destroys lives. So do people say “well, it’s ultimately a sin issue and the only way it’ll be fixed is through Christ and the church?” No, of course not. Should we pray for the addiction to cease and can God intervene and take it away on His own? Of course. But that doesn’t mean we/that person just sit around and do nothing to seek change. There are human responsibilities and action that can and must be done to fight sin. Our God is all-powerful but He also calls us to action. (James 1-2)
So when it comes to racial injustice, it IS important to talk about it, identify the root causes, push for change in both hearts and policies, etc. And while this is fine to do in every day life it’s ESSENTIAL that it takes place in the church.
“But all of this talk about race is just bringing divisiveness and doesn’t help anything” is usually the follow up response I hear at this point, usually from my fellow white people. To that I’d simply say…it wasn’t “divisive” to you until people of color started speaking against it (i.e. Colin Kaepernick) and demanding equality but for these same people of color their very existence and everyday experience is divisive when they sit by and watch injustice happen and hear crickets from their white friends/white people in general, reminding them that their experience is so far divided and removed from their white counterparts and that their experience isn’t deemed worthy of conversation. Remember that next time you hear a person of color speak up about their experience and take it at face value because it’s not some fairytale they’ve conjured up, it’s their reality.” – Austin Nill
Be a part of the solution not the on going problem. Speak up for those whose voice is silenced or ignored.