I am often at a loss for words as a black queer man when I witness brutal extra-judicial police killings perpetuated against black and brown people, people that look like me. It too often feels as though this type of violence is becoming normal.
The fact is it is only our visualization of the violence that is new. The violence itself is part a long, often unspoken arc of American history where black and brown people carry the crushing weight of systemic racism.
#BlackLivesMatter is a cry against this prevailing, sinful practice of silencing the oppressed. Jesus did and said as much when he walked among the oppressed, hearing voices others — even his disciples — would rather not.
Perhaps the vocation of the church is to follow Jesus into those oppressed spaces and to amplify silenced voices.
- What would it look like for you to amplify silenced voices?
- In your own words, what is the vocation of the church?