They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.
They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;
yet they were not ashamed, they did not know
how to blush. (Jeremiah 6:14-15)
Without even a blush of embarrassment, the non-indictment was announced. Without even a hint of shame, “peace” was scolded to the protesters. A young man was killed for “walking while Black,” yet reporters interrogate those who are wounded & angry rather than calling into question America’s sin. There is no peace. Let us not be quick to placate this dissatisfaction. Instead let us join in prayer using the words blogged throughout the RevGalBlogPals ring:
“We confess, O God, the sin of racism.” (Rev-o-lution) “So much needs to change…in order to strangle this continuous perpetuation of the lie which says that the presence of black men and boys are to be feared.” (CrustyBread) “This isn’t going to go away. The night is dark and long. We all have to decide where we stand.” (Theology of Ferguson)
“Lord, we have pulled out the Advent wreath, the Christmas tree, the poinsettias…Our efforts are hollow without consistent work toward peace, reconciliation.” (Faith, Grace, and Hope) “The victims slain alongside a mother’s child / Are hope and integrity and truth.” (Liz-VicarofDibley) “Tear open the heavens and come down, O God.” (Love is Strong as Death)
“Love will have the final word.” (Talk with the Preacher) “But calling for ‘calm’ and ‘peace’ is a cop-out … Because those are things to be worked for. Those are things that cannot come about unless they are pursued.” (Soula Scriptura) “God is always there. Even when, especially when we cannot sense God’s presence. God is there.” (A Country Girl)
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