When I heard that a grand jury in New York had decided not to pursue charges in the death of Eric Garner even though there was video evidence of the NYPD officer taking him down in a choke hold, my first thought was “So now what? What do we do now?”
I know I am not alone in this, people from all walks of life have expressed their shock and disbelief that this tragedy even took place. Our eyes are being opened to a world that many of us did not know or want to know existed. A world of distrust, fear and separation.
The way the church responds to this will be one of great importance.
No more can this simply be just a problem ‘those people over there’ or in that state, rather this is something that effects us all.
I wish I had more concrete answers but I don’t and I’m not sure when they will come.
All I know is that the church and religious leaders have an opportunity to make connections and have meaningful conversations about the world we live in and the church’s role in our community.
During this time I was reminded of the words found in James:
It is a sin when someone knows the right thing to do and doesn’t do it. –James 4:17 (Common English Bible)
May we remember the God of peace and love and grace this Advent and forevermore.