'Soaked in suffering': Christian leaders complain of 'white supremacy pandemic'
More than two dozen Christian leaders in New England have signed a letter to call attention to "decision fatigue and exhaustion" among pastors stemming from what they call pandemics of "white supremacy" and the coronavirus.
"As pandemics of COVID, white supremacy, and persistent inequality ravage and despair sets in, we hear the cry of the Psalmist across every generation. We are weary with crying, and we know you are, too," the letter states.
"Our pain increases as national leaders have failed to acknowledge the depth of collective suffering from both the historic deaths from COVID19, and among Black people and communities of color from racist violence. Pain unseen, unacknowledged, and unaddressed festers. And so, we seek to name before God our honest complaint."...
There are none born who arenâ€™t going to be held accountable for their sins and for refusing to throw themselves at the mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. At the judgment, no one is going to tell the Lord they were born male, female, black, or white and that gives them an excuse. All this racism stuff raised by those who claim to be in the faith is silly.
Do some blacks hate whites; of course. Do some whites hate blacks; of course. Do some women hate men; of course. Do some men hate women; of course.
All Christians are supposed to show the love of Christ to the world and that includes loving our neighbors. Note the below doesnâ€™t use race as an exception. The only issue I ponder is â€śwho is my neighborâ€ť.
Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
From the news: --- More than two dozen Christian leaders in New England have signed a letter to call attention to "decision fatigue and exhaustion" among pastors stemming from what they call pandemics of "white supremacy" and the coronavirus.
Two whole dozen? I get more fatigue from listening to and reading racist things like that. No one but an ignorant fool would feel guilty because of his or her skin color.
Note well this group of "leaders", and who they represent. American Baptist, UCC, UMC, ELCA, Episcopal Diocese, Unitarian Universalist, etc. How unchristian does a church have to be before they are called out?
I'm not sure what these folks are thinking or experiencing, but I've got pain too of various kinds. Mine I attribute to the Fall:
For I count that the afflictions of this present time are not worthy of the glory, which shall be showed unto us. For the fervent desire of the creature waiteth when the sons of God shall be revealed, Because the creature is subject to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him, which hath subdued it under hope, Because the creature also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. For we know that every creature groaneth with us also, and travaileth in pain together unto this present. And not only the creature, but we also which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we do sigh in ourselves, waiting for the adoption, even the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen, is not hope: for how can a man hope for that which he seeth? But if we hope for that we see not, we do with patience abide for it. - Romans 8:18-25