So many have told me “You can’t change the world” and they’re RIGHT! I cannot by myself but as a collective commissioned by God, we can and will change our communities one step at a time.
In Psalm 82: 2-4 it reads, “How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked
I perceive this scripture to what is going on in the world past, present, and future; I believe the scripture is talking to the church. I believe the needy are the disenfranchised, the less fortunate, dealing with systemic oppression and institutionalized power structures to tear down His people.
This is a “Call to Justice” to the church body. We must begin discussing issues of systemic oppression in our pulpits and the community. We have to come up with resolutions, plans, and actions to take in our communities.
We need our churches to a safe haven to discuss anything. These issues are not only in the world put in our congregations as well. We cannot sit idly by and not speak on it and act as if these issues don’t exist.
These discussions aren’t political, these issues are everyday life for most minorities. As Christians, we stand timidly not speaking up not trying to understand our brother and sisters in Christ and the world. Ignoring the oppression they face day to day. The church is supposed to be a place of refuge, not a place to not talk about what’s going on. We have a responsibility to take charge, take a stand and commit to changing the world around us, meaning our community.
Let’s work as a collaborative effort to build our communities back alongside our community government, our non-profits, our concerned citizens, our children.
We must start taking a stand to do things in the community we reside in. I see a need for our black and brown men, women and children.
This is where our slogan “Read.Rebrand.Rebuild” comes into play. The first stage of our mission is:
- Share scripture based on justice and justice for the oppressed. Show that God is King and loves justice (Psalm 99:2-4). We do this through our apparel and tracts.
- In order to combat injustices, we must first equip ourselves by learning our history; including local history to know our path.
I believe my charge is to not only talk about these injustices but to begin to collaborate with people to make a change in my community. I believe it’s our calling to do so in our own communities, to share the progress, to implement workable programs into each and every area. Let us build relationships and collaborate with churches in the community to oversee jobs coming into the city for our residents and not outside entities. What He has for us to do is bigger than us so let us walk, learn, and give of ourselves in His likeness. Let’s not graze over the elephant in the room but let us sit and talk about our issues, our history, our future together so that we may be able to go out in the world to preach His holy name through not only our talk but our walk, our action for His glory.
If you have any programs you’re doing in your area, let’s collaborate to begin to change the narrative, imagery & mindset of and in our communities & churches so that we may help all people faced by systemic oppression.