Always try to be nice but never fail to be kind — The Doctor

 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?
Micah 6:8  (NRSV)

This week the ugliness of racism and sexism and several other “isms” was on full display everywhere on television, social media, newspapers and work conversations.

What does the Lord require of you in face of hate, racism and sexism? We are required to do justice, and love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.

Racism must be called out for what it is- wrong, hateful, ugly and against our values as people of faith.

The 12th Doctor (Doctor Who) before regenerating to the 13th Doctor left instruction for the new Doctor, “Always try to be nice but never fail to be kind”.

It takes work to “never fail to be kind” and takes work to “love kindness”.  It is our work whether  we are ready or not. Doing justice with kindness pushes us against the culture that is at best apathetic and often is silent and unfortunately not always kind. Yet despite the culture of keeping silent and lacking true kindness, as people of faith we must go against the cultural customs and work with determination and energy  for justice and kindness.

Kindness doesn’t mean we are silent.  Kindness is about calling out the injustices and hearing the voices of those on the margins.  To Love Kindness means we stand  and join in the struggle with those who are being oppressed, bullied, marginalized, left behind, attacked or treated as less than human.

As people who are called to do justice and love kindness. We must never fail to be kind.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) historically takes seriously the mandate of God’s to the people in Micah. The PCUSA has taken stands against racism in all its forms.

 FACING RACISM:
A VISION OF THE INTERCULTURAL COMMUNITY
CHURCHWIDE ANTIRACISM POLICY

Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against and work against racism.

This is not a time for timidity. The current struggles over racial justice in the United States mark a kairos moment. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long held strong convictions regarding the sinfulness of racism and the need to struggle against it. Speaking our own convictions now, with clarity and power, could make a tangible difference in the current struggle. Furthermore, it is required of us, as the church is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Neglecting to speak powerfully in this moment would also be regrettable. ( General Assembly, Facing Racism, 2016)

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a wealth of antiracism resources to equip the church to work against racism. Please check out this website. New resources are added frequently.