Stories of Hope: How Do We Move Forward and Not Backward in Race Relations?

Where do we go from here?

There are 3 things we need moving forward: Hope, Action, Unity

Hope

My hope has been and always will be in the person of Jesus Christ. I firmly believe and affirm that only true healing and reconciliation can come from him.

However, I believe thatt God calls us to more than to sit back and wait for things to change. Hope in Christ calls us to action; action driven by Love and Hope.

Action

There needs to be foundational changes made in our communities and society as a whole. To know what those changes are, we need to listen to what is actually being asked. As a middle-aged white male, the best thing I can do is listen and amplify the voices that have been speaking and working on this issue for years.

These are some of those voices:

Colors of Change

Advancement Project

NAACP

Know Your Rights Camp

Dream Corps

Black Lives Matter

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Live Free

You can also contact your governors, state and federal representatives, senators, or any other government official to demand changes.

Unity

We are in this together. I once heard someone say “Unity does not mean uniformity.” We don’t have to agree on everything to support each other. More than anything, we need to stop othering those who disagree with us or whose cultural background is different than our own.

Love demands that we look for the betterment of everyone more than ourselves. To actively listen rather than assume.

The enemy is not the ones seeking justice or demanding change that can reduce or eliminate injustice. The enemy is selfishness, apathy, and injustice. The enemy is division and gathering. Love can defeat the enemy, if we let it. If we walk in love, true love, we can and we will see the changes that need to happen. We will see the healing we desperately long for.

Where do we go from here?

Toward the future. A future of Hope, Action, and Unity.

Will you walk toward our future?


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