Rejecting Silence in the Face of Injustice

Isaiah prophesied that God’s Messiah would bring peace and justice to humanity (7:6-7).  When God’s Messiah was manifested in the flesh, he was about peace and justice (Matthew 23:23-24).

His kingdom is about peace and justice (Romans 14:17.  And it is this kingdom reality that inspired the Civil Rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, to write from his jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat against justice everywhere.”

It is this same quest for peace and justice that should arrest the hearts and minds of God’s people (pun intended).  But when it comes to the privileged white church in American, this is hardly the case.

With the recent shooting of unarmed black men by white police officers, when some are calling for the white American church to take a stand, though some have spoken out, the majority are silent.

As one social critic has recently pointed out, “White Christians need to be more Christian than American,” noting the silence and apathy of the white church in the face of injustice.

Yes, in a culture which continues to reel with the sin of racism, the church cannot be silent, especially our white churches.

What justification is there for this deafening silence?

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