It’s Not OK … It Has To Change

August 28 Confederate Flag

Dr. Gill Hicks lost her legs in the Subway Bombing in London on July 7, 2005. And that’s not OK. (Here is a link to part of her talk at the Hawkes Center. The full talk can be found here.)

Some things are not OK. When men pull up in pick-up trucks waving a Confederate Flag and park on the lawn where an African American family is celebrating a birthday party – that’s not OK. It’s not OK to threaten people, to endanger or abuse them. Think what you want; believe what you want. That’s OK. But the recent episode in an Atlanta suburb crosses the line. If we can’t pass laws to prevent people from such acts of spineless cruelty, then we need to set up a peaceful – but purposeful – barrier of protection around the victims.

It astonishes me how frightened these big boys in large trucks with guns and flags must truly be. But before I point too long at them, how about me? Am I willing to be that shield?

Christians have a tradition of saying we are “covered with the blood of Jesus”. That is our protection against judgment. Is it also our flag and our armor? Isn’t it also our assurance and our protection?

If you are threatened today, may someone come alongside you to be a shield of grace, hope and protection.

If you come across someone today who is being threatened or abused, pray for the discernment to be able first to recognize their plight, and then pray for the courage to stand with them – to bless and protect them.

Whenever another person’s spirit is bruised, body is broken or soul is crushed by prejudice-induced cruelty, that’s not OK. Let’s not be afraid to say so.

A blessed Tuesday.

 

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.