June 9

Exodus 19:5-8

“The people all answered as one: ‘Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.” vs. 8

According to Exodus, the people were eager to do what the Lord had required of them and willingly vowed their obedience. Of course, we know the rest of the story. Those same people quickly forgot their promise and followed the instincts of their hearts instead. Such has been the tendency of God’s people ever since! It’s easy to make promises and declare our love for God and neighbor–but when the rubber hits the road we quickly go the way of expediency and self-interest. In recent weeks our country has erupted with protest and violence in response to reminders of the racism that has plagued us for generations. Some followers of Jesus have cried out with cries for strict enforcement of laws, others have joined the protests. Many have had a hard time identifying with those who claim persecution–we’ve experienced life from the perspective of white privilege and don’t quite get what the problem is. We say yes to Jesus’ command to love, but get angry when we see burning police cars. We want the problem to “just go away” and are blind to the centuries of abuse and neglect that have molded our society’s polarities. Our one hope is the presence of the Christ within and among us. Away from the media circus and the political posturing, people of faith are making a difference for good. In their work the seeds of change are being sown!

Thought for the Day: What is “white privilege”?

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