We at Left Side Up want to add our voice in mourning for George Floyd and condemning the systematic racism in America that has caused his death and the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Philando Castile and so many others. Enough is enough. In the Exodus story, we hear that while the Israelites suffered the oppression of slavery, they cried out, and God heard their cries. Today, we hear the cries of the oppressed, and we pray for their deliverance. We condemn the systems and hatred that oppress them. We call on our government, our churches, and our local leaders to use their voices, power, and influence to support their cause and to demand justice reform in the United States.
As Christians, we must stand against injustice and inequality. And as we condemn prejudice overseas, we must also reflect on our own culture. We are sorry for the times we fail to see the world through the eyes of the other. We are sorry for the times we chose ignorance over compassion. We are sorry for when we choose cheap peace over justice.
We often pray ‘let your Kingdom come’, but today we pray that you would remind us that prayer is not passive, that we have a part to play in the building of that Kingdom, and so we must search our hearts for the prejudices that we hold. We must reflect on the times when we choose security over love. We must repent from apathy and be filled with holy rage.
Black Lives Matter.
Lord, May your Kingdom come.