Among other things, this pandemic has exposed the need for racial justice. Not only have Black people and other minorities disproportionately suffered and died from COVID-19, but now everyone has seen their brutal, unjust killings.
God deeply feels the suffering and pain of individual and systemic racism, as we see in verses like Psalm 22:24: “For [God] has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.” If you’re hurting, God loves you, is present with you and cares deeply about your pain.
If you’re seeking to grow in your understanding about racial justice, God calls us to weep with those who weep (Rom 12:15), to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and to act: “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
So how can we grow in living out God’s heart for racial justice?