It is too easy in life to ignore problems, or to blame somebody else or a system for them. If we are going to move forward and become truly united as a people, we will all need to be humble and be open to correction, because we all need correcting. We will need to love people as if they are more important than ourselves, and be discontent with the social norm where it marginalises people. This means that if I believe that somebody who has no home is worth more than me, I will be open-handed with what I have and be generous towards them with time and resources and opportunities.
I don’t think that there is just one revolutionary idea that will be the massive vehicle for abrupt change in our nation. But I do believe that change starts with humility and we can all begin to have a positive influence in our individual spheres.
Importantly, my humility can’t be momentary; it has to be a part of me. Humility that is not wordy, but is deep and anchored. A humility that is not defined by circumstances and not moved by man’s fallen ways. And for me, this is a humility that cannot be achieved simply with more of our effort and might, but rather it is one that comes as a result of who we are. This is why I also believe that the message of the Bible (and not unbiblical ‘Christian’ expressions) is the only sustainable message or #movement that makes our sincere humility possible.
If I believe I am a sinner in light of a Holy (blameless and set apart) God, but that this same God loves me, how can I not be humble? If I am a man whose selfish actions have hurt people and offended the creator of the universe, and yet I am still a man that God sees as worthy of the death of his Son, I can only be humbled.
I am a sinner who often chooses myself at the expense of others – who chooses to believe that I am more important than someone who has less than me. I am a beneficiary of privilege, which has been built on the unjust oppression of black people. I forget the comforts I am able to enjoy while others cannot escape the oppression they have been born into.
I am a sinner. But even though I am a sinner, Jesus’ blood was sacrificially poured out on the cross for me. He paid the cost in full by fully giving of Himself, so that I may find reconciliation and relationship with my creator God, without condemnation or contingencies.
Jesus, my Saviour, paid for my sin in full so that I may experience eternal peace and the ever-satisfying reality of relationship with him. In light of Him, is it not therefore clear that my life is meant to be an offering and sacrifice for many others?! So that they may experience that peace too? And is it not also clear that I am called to bring God’s Kingdom to earth because that is at the very heart of the same Jesus on which I claim to base my whole life? If it is, then both I and other Christ-followers are called to love others the way that God does; in sincere humility and shalom (peace) – as we all stand for social justice.
I believe that God is excited about the opportunities of racial reconciliation that He has sovereignly opened in our country. But I also believe that for many of us, Jesus’ voice is not the loudest one in our lives. The sounds of the news media, the extreme opinions of friends on Twitter or Facebook, our racist family members, and the seductive nature of the idol of comfort – all these things are fighting for our attention. Therefore, let our affections be toward the God who gave everything in Jesus Christ to show us his love for us, instead of moving toward the things that seem to promise much, but always leave us empty.