I have been reading a chapter a day from Julian of Norwich. In the chapters 16, 17, and 18 she describes the death of Christ in vivid detail. This is the details that only a person who has seen such suffering could know. The description is bloody and describes a horrible death. As you read you can feel the pain that he must have felt, but as she describes this pain she also talks about love. The love that she has for her Lord and the love that he has for the world. In chapter 19 she says, “so our Lord was made nothing for us, and in this way we all stand as nothing with him.” The pain of Christ is not only his own, but also part of all who he died for. We stand with him.
This is the pain that I felt when I heard of the massacre of 9 people as they were having a bible study this week. I could not believe that someone could do this, and I hurt for them and their families because Christ died for them just as he died for me. I have never had to deal with racism personally. I have had to talk with and disagree with those who are racist, but I have never been treated differently because of my race. Because of this, I have no idea what it is like to be afraid of those around me including the police. I do not fully understand what those who deal with racism deal with everyday, but I hurt for them. I also feel that something needs to be done to stop this violence.
Laurie Brock in the blog Dirty Sexy Ministry says it is about the small acts of racism. It is time to take a stand and not let even the small acts of racism stand in our lives and communities.