There are so many things I could be writing about this week. One feels like it matters most: Building Bridges in a climate demanding Racial Reconciliation. We are, by grace and identity, Ambassadors, Ministers of Reconciliation.
I know the “balanced perspectives.” Please set the argument aside. I simply invite us to ask a risky question or two:
1. In what ways might I unconsciously harbor racist attitudes/perspectives/frames of reference?
This is a tough one for me. I authentically, humbly, don’t think I hold any racially related animosity toward anyone. I think people, in their uniqueness, precisely because of their uniqueness, are absolutely fascinating! Created in the image of God, I KNOW they are inherently valuable, cherished, loved, precious. Still, humility nudges me toward honest introspection and I invite you to it as well. It is unconscious for most of us. Courage invites us to acknowledge the conscious bigotry we have, and risk thinking long and hard, laying open and bare before the piercing word and spirit of God to see if there exists hidden thoughts of anger, fear, devaluation, resentment…
2. What is one step I might take toward building bridges?
We’re going to take three steps this week in response to this article.
The author, Joshua DuBois, has invited “white people” to initiate conversations, so we’re going to do that. On Thursday and Friday, at 7:30pm, and Saturday at 10am, we are hosting a conversation in our apartment on the personal nature of our unconscious racism. We’ve invited 30-40 of our friends and neighbors in San Francisco to join us for one or all of these gatherings. It is an “open house,” that is, anyone can bring anyone, and an invitation is not needed.
I’d love it if you would read the article, pray for us these three days this week, and prayerfully consider following our example and doing the same. Two short term benefits are 1) Getting together with people in and out of “the church” to build a bridge and find some oneness concerning lives that matter to Jesus, and 2) Embracing just a bit more personal humility in a climate often void of enough.
This step is grace. This step is gospel. Please step with me.