In a moment, seemingly, the associations we make with this quiet university town in Virginia have changed dramatically. With the advent last week of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK spewing hate speech and promoting violence, came a further tear in the fabric of our shared humanity. It is everything we stand against as people of faith, and the fact that some of the participants used Christian imagery and language to promote their vile beliefs is an abomination. So where do we go from here?
In times like this, when the ugliness of our world is so prominently on display, I return to the gospel, or “good news,” of the prophet Micah (6:8):
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
What God expects of us now is what God has always expected of us. This is not a time for hate in return, or violence in kind, but for faithful people to stand together in resistance to lies being passed off as truth. It’s a time for us to step forward again on the path of racial reconciliation, and listen to one another as never before. It’s a time for us to carefully look at our own habits and attitudes in order to root out ways in which we harbor or tolerate racism. It’s a time for us to stand with those who are oppressed, under siege and reeling under this assault of bigotry and prejudice.
Do justice. Love Kindness. Walk humbly with your God.
Grace and peace,