Reconciliation Replay (August 21, 2014) - #Ferguson edition

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

TALK with your kids: "Talk with your kids about Ferguson" by Bruce Reyes-Chow

"Now I am not saying that we need to expose our young children to the images of violence and destruction that are coming out of Ferguson, but we must each find a way to help our kids – especially non-Black kids – understand what is happening: the history, the events and the aftermath. Because make no mistake, our ability: Asian, White, Latino, etc. to NOT have this particular moment in our country’s story impact our life proves the painful point that so many are raising – Black people in the United States really don’t matter...Read more"

MEET Jesus the Protester: "Riots and Redemption" by James Howard Hill, Jr.

"One of the seminal moments in Christian history involves Jesus publicly displaying hostility in the Temple by overthrowing tables and driving out corrupt merchants as well as their livestock. Though this event has been preached endlessly, few have grasped the significance of Jesus’ public act of aggression. Jesus’ actions not only imaged forth the discontent of God; his aggression was also a profound public display of solidarity with the oppressed, many of whom, had experienced the brunt of the empire’s exploitation for far too long. Jesus performed in public what many marginalized and oppressed Jews talked about doing in private. In many ways Jesus was, and is, the People’s Messiah...Read more"

KNOW the data: "Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Shooting" by Pew Research Center

"Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed. Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.” Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown’s death, and in confidence in the investigations into the shooting...Read more"

RE-THINK your words: "You Might Want to Re-think that Comment You Are About to Post About Ferguson, MO" by Beccy Adams

'By saying, “Let’s see what the autopsy says” you are saying, “I need a white doctor to tell me what really happened because I’m not going to believe the eye witness accounts of a bunch of black kids.

By posing a hypothetical scenario about a white victim who was also been shot without cause, you are just confused.

By saying, “It’s a lot better these days than it used to be” you are not acknowledging the current pain that racism causes...Read more'

TAKE responsibility: "A (White) Preacher's Responsibility" by Beth Boisvert

"I have a calling, a responsibility, to preach truth in love, to push people to examine their lives in the light of God’s justice and love for all people, to not hide behind my own discomfort and uncertainty with my ability to address this issue responsibly and appropriately and well. And so this morning I’ll preach–without notes, in keeping with my sermon “theme” for the summer–and pray fervently for the intervention of the Holy Spirit as I tackle these hard things, as I urge people to stop and listen to the cries of those around them, begging for what we already have. As I listen, too...Read more"

ACT: "Is it 'Goodbye Evangelicalism' or 'We Join You in Your Suffering'?" by Thabiti Anyabwile

"You don’t answer oppression, violence, poverty, sexism, corporate theft and a host of other problems with theology alone. Theology alone is not an answer. Nor are vague appeals to the gospel, however true it is that the gospel is our first, only and greatest hope. Action and policy guided by sound theology are answers...Evangelicalism is long on theology (gospel) and short on ethics (loving action)...Read more"

GO beyond "reconciliation": "The Sin of Racism Made Ferguson Escalate So Quickly" - Interview with Dr. John Perkins

"Do you think the efforts some Christians have made toward racial reconciliation have been effective?

Well, what we’ve been toying with is getting together to like each other. It’s bigger than that. Racism is a sin in the face of the Holy God and of humanity bearing that face of God. We have not gotten deep enough to affirming each other as human beings. As a result we minimize the gospel. We are supposed to be new creations in Christ Jesus, a peacemaking force. We have to come back to brotherhood and sisterhood. We are beating around the bush and not coming to the biblical foundation. I’m calling for a deeper sense of repentance as a nation. These are going to get worse. In our urban communities, situations are pathological. We will have more of what happened in Ferguson happening in other communities...Read more"

CONNECT the dots: "Our Silence on the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration Lead to the Insanity in Ferguson" by Nekima Levy-Pounds

"The sudden hyperbolic focus on drug-related crime resulted in a swelling of state and federal law enforcement and corrections budgets, an increase in criminal justice personnel, and the purchasing of equipment such as guns, vehicles, and advanced technological software to aid in the capture of the newest targets of the so-called war. What followed was in essence a replication by local police of the conduct that U.S. military characteristically engages in on foreign soil; but on a domestic level against its own citizens, often targeting inner-city communities mainly populated by Blacks and Latinos...Read more"

LISTEN to black male voices: "One Black Man's Complicated Relationship with the Police" by Jemar Tisby

"I’ve never been arrested or charged with a crime, but in many ways I constantly feel like a suspect. I remember one incident in particular when I was in high school. There was the time when a white cop assumed that me and my best friend (also black and male) had a girl with us in the car against her will. This girl happened to be white and she also happened to be my girlfriend at the time. He even went so far as to question us about our ages and ask the young lady point-blank if she was with us voluntarily. Who knew a quick stop at the 7-Eleven could cast doubts on your morality and make you feel like a victim of your own skin?...Read more"

QUESTION: "Dr. E. Dewey Smith on the Mike Brown Report" by Tony Bonesarelli

"When was 911 call about "robbery" made? 2) Who called it in? 3) Who's the guy who was robbed? 4) Has the "robbed" been interviewed?..Read more"

JUST READ THIS: "Black Bodies White Souls" by Austin Brown

"Far from being offended by its own actions, instead white America- Christians included- remain offended by black bodies.  This is what killed Trayvon and Renisha and Jordon and Eric and Michael. How dare black bodies resist the white will. How dare they fight back when a stranger chases. How dare they knock at 4am. How dare they not turn down the music when told. How dare they sell some cigarettes. How dare they walk in the middle of the street. How utterly offensive for black bodies to disobey whiteness...Read more