The last two weeks I have saturated myself with the news, Syria..Iraq..Ferguson. Sleepless nights, interceding, tears, heartbroken texts with friends, and a holy prayer meeting with a group of mommas who refuse to look away. We are a country with unlimited resources and power and though thousands of innocent men, women, and children are being slaughtered and horrifically mistreated we choose to move along, business as usual because it isn't directly affecting our "safe" American bubble. Yet anyway. Christians will be broken for the unborn who are aborted every second, as we absolutely should, but not get on our knees and soap boxes for the not so silent and sterile holocaust happening outside our borders. We will turn our heads and channel when more news rolls in from Missouri about an African American boy shot in the street, hands up in surrender. Would there have been a different outcome had he been white? I have an opinion on that, but I also don't know every detail of the night. Watching the coverage and all of the anger and hurting, I just can't look away, I won't. I am married to a Hispanic man, have mothered three African American babes, and have neighbors of many, many different ethnicity's. I've rushed to a hospital to stand beside a sobbing African American single momma friend, against the staff who were being unprofessional and treating her like a second class citizen (the same hospital I've visited many white friends who were treated wonderfully). We can't be ignorant to inequality white friends, prejudice and the hurt and stigma it assigns is still alive, and I'm afraid it has a comfy home in some of our churches and the hearts of many "well wishing" believers.
The American church needs to wake up to injustice, the marginalized, the poor, the needy, the forgotten. If we're honest with ourselves, if Jesus walked the earth He wouldn't be found most often in our fancy sanctuaries shaking hands with the upper middle class white folks and commenting on how amazing the new performing arts wing looks. I don't think He would have the time with all of the hurting and broken lives surrounding him outside our church doors. The church should be found where He would be, and is. We need to drop the politics, stop expecting the government to do the job of correcting injustice well (when the church never should have handed it that role in the first place), and be willing to shoulder some of the hurt and wrong in our world even (and especially) if outside of our comfort zones. C'mon church, let's open our eyes, and mouths, and hearts, and resources; if His eye is on the sparrow, let ours be as well.