We all condemn the appalling nature and tragic outcome of the recent events in Charlottesville. Superiority (or inferiority) based on ethnic backgrounds stand counter to the message of Christ and His sacrificial love for us. Paul cuts racism at the knee when he says “there is no Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). It is in Christ alone that lasting peace can be found. He is the one who has “broken down the dividing walls of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14).
As we pray for those directly affected by these events, let’s also remember our own role as messengers of reconciliation and freedom. As Micah put it in his own times of social unrest in Israel: “He has showed you, O Man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” May the Lord give us the opportunities “to do justice” in our own context here in multi-cultural Metrowest!