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  1. Sue, your writing is so profound, and the replies are too. I appreciate all the resources listed; I’ve been researching & trying to understand. I am doing a much better job at listening, learning & therefore growing. Last night Hope Church’s Zoom discussion on racism was excellent. The talks will continue & I hope many come to listen & learn. My heart breaks for all that is happening. I pray that we can love each other with the love of Jesus .
    “The simple act of listening, caring & loving profoundly changes a life of another. That is the Christian source of inspiration- that each person, regardless of social rank or statue or achievement, can be used mightily to make a difference in someone’s life.” Pastor Doug Hood

    • Thank you for your comment and insights, Kathy. I also pray the love of Christ goes out through us. I think that’s when the “church will rise.” Listening is so important, as you know in your work and life. I just bought the book “Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.” I hope I learn how to listen more. Factions are talking (shouting) at each other, and not listening, or communicating. Pastor Doug Hood is right. One person can make a huge difference, just like Anthony Benezet in his way…and you do in your way.

  2. 1 Corinthians 13:2
    “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

    I am not a racist!

    I can identify with,and have said, several of the following statements:
    I am a Christian and love everyone.
    I work with black people.
    I have black friends.
    I have a black person in my family.
    I am color blind.

    I am part of the dominant white society. My parents are white and I lived in an all white neighborhood. I attended an all-white school, and only saw white people at the grocery store, during doctor visits and at family gatherings. I am a Christian and attended an all-white church much of my life.

    As a nurse, I worked with black nurses and nurse’s aides. Some became close friends. As a Christian, I try to be a good person.

    So as you can see, I am not a racist! That is until I read, “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. Reading these books gave me an awareness of my biases, lack of awareness and the realization that I knew little about history. It was then that I began to realize how I was hurting others.

    Through no fault of my own, I have been blind to the struggle of those people God made African America and Native American.

    I believe God specifically made this time and space to help us understand who He is and what He wants us to do.

    Part of a BIBLE devotion written by Dr. Tony Evans entitled, “The Role of the Church in Cultural Clashes” says it best: “The church is a community of individuals spiritually linked together with the purpose of reflecting and legislating the values of the kingdom of God. Notice, it’s all about individual pieces coming together to create something larger and more powerful. This is why unity is so important to the body. Jesus didn’t say He would build a black church, a white church, a hispanic church, a Baptist church or a nondenominational church. He simply said He would build His church.”

    Let the church rise!

  3. I couldn’t agree more, Sue. I’ve now read so many stories of how black men are confronted by police simply for existing. It is beyond alarming, but especially so because it took this indefensible murder if George Floyd to open my eyes. Through my life I have worked with and enjoyed the company of black people, but apparently did not dig deeply enough to realize the severity of this threat. I am

    Like you, I want to do something! I feel I would walk with protestors if it were a different time, as Covid continues to threaten in crowds. I am starting in a very small way: as I do my daily walk in Onondaga Lake Park I am observing an increase in the number of black people doing fitness routines also. I am greeting everyone with a cheery “Hello!” I find most respond back in kind, but I must go further.

    • I agree, Cathy. We all must step forward and love ferociously. It’s no longer enough to sit back and say “that’s terrible.” I’m sure you WILL make a difference – you always have.

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