Sitting on the Sidelines

 

©susanirenefox

Last week, a United States Representative of Congress tweeted, and then doubled down on Sunday in several interviews about the supremacy of the white race, and that white folks need to have more babies in order to surpass the growing population of the non-white citizenry. This same congressman last July also said that white Christians have contributed more to Western civilization than any other “subgroup.”

Where were the voices of Congress denouncing this man? The only voices of public dissent I heard were those of the mainstream media, the so-called “enemy of the people.” Where is the courage, integrity and heroism we used to expect from our leaders? And why didn’t the House the Representatives issue a censure or, at the very least, a reprimand?

We have a President who lies the way other people breathe, and promotes himself as though he is still running for office. His own party does not take him to account and he pays no consequences for his erratic behavior and dishonorable words.

The Republican Congress as a whole, once known by their own moniker “the moral majority,” like an ostrich has buried its head, along with its integrity, morals and ethics, under the sand of greed, fear and prejudice. Apparently, reelection is more important than doing the right thing.

“Brothers and sisters, God has called you to freedom! Hear the call, and do not spoil this gift by using your liberty to engage corruption; instead, use it to serve each other as Jesus taught through love. For the whole law comes down to this one instruction: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:13-14)

Is no one willing to take a stand anymore for public decency? For truth? For the end to white nationalism? For the false narrative of white Christianity? Have we forgotten Jesus was a Jew born in the Middle East? He is not now, nor was ever a southern white boy with blue eyes.

When will we as Christians take a public stand for decency, for justice, for unity, for caring for “the least of these?” We can no longer remain silent. It is too important. We are under the mistaken assumption that a public stand for decency means placing the Ten Commandments in front of government offices and bringing prayer back into schools.

I challenge those notions; lets design plaques with the eight Beatitudes or the nine seeds of the fruit of the Spirit, and hang those in public places, including schools. Lets operate as though they were the most important tenets of character we aspire to.

Learn to do good; commit yourselves to seeking justice. Defend the world’s most vulnerable—the oppressed, the orphaned, the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:35-36)

Once we decide we know it all, we shut the door in the face of God’s continual edification, in His loving ability to mature us in our faith. When will stop turning a blind eye to racism, thinking it doesn’t affect us? Because every time we ignore comments like these, it casts a shadow on our own walk with God.

Every time we let a racist slur go unchallenged, we are covered in a little more shade. Every time we walk away from a racist joke without speaking up, our sight grows a little more dim. Every time we turn our back on an unsubstantiated accusation about our only black president, real facts become more obscure. And eventually, step by step, we’ll walk in darkness.

We must be the light that shines on a hill, not a light covered. His light must shine from within us for all to see and hear. If we allow it, the Spirit will give us the courage to stand together. There are many of us currently standing on the sidelines. Our feet and hearts must take us to the front lines.

We are on a battlefield whether we admit it or not. Let’s not turn our backs on those who are in the combat zone. We are all soldiers in this war, and we must choose sides: Light or darkness. There is no middle ground.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5)

12 comments

  1. I am, dearest. I am.

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    1. “Is no one willing to take a stand anymore for public decency? For truth?” I am, dearest…I am.

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  2. Reblogged this on Today's Teachable Moment and commented:
    “Is no one willing to take a stand anymore for public decency? For truth?” I am, dearest. I am.

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    1. Thank you. I know there are those of us out there. Perhaps we need to speak more often. Bless you, truly, from the bottom of my heart. ❤

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  3. A wall hanging oF the beattitudes or fruit of the spirit – great idea! Add to that Phil 4:8. Maybe we should design something and market it to schools! I bet it would do well.

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    1. 😀 I agree, Pete! Let’s get to that!

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