We are accountable to the commitments we have made

I am without words.

I without words so I will share the words and wisdom of others.

The senseless deaths, just this month, of Ahmaud Arbery, Brionna Taylor,  and George Floyd and the out of proportion deaths of people of color to COVID 19 speaks to the place where we find ourselves in the culture today.

We are not learning. When I say “we” I mean white people, people with privilege. I include myself in the need to learn.

We need to learn, and we learn by listening. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  We need to listen.

The PCUSA historically has committed to the struggle for racial justice. In 2016 the 222nd General Assembly approved “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community church Antiracism Policy”. In 2019 the Matthew 25 Initiative includes a focus on dismantling structural racism. There are tools, resources and people ready to help us listen and learn.

This week the PCUSA Racial Equity Advocacy Committee and Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns called on the PCUSA to recommit to the struggle for racial justice. In the call they state” Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PCUSA must stand against, speak against, and work against racism. Anti racist effort is not optional for Christians. It is essential aspect of Christian discipleship, without which we fail to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

The call to recommitment concludes with a call for all of us. “The PCUSA, and indeed the Christian community, must recommit to the struggle for racial justice. Churches must provide a moral compass for the nation by getting involved in shaping public policies that will move the nation towards justice, peace, and reconciliation.

We need to listen and to learn to heed that call.