The news of George Floyd’s death, in light of many other tragic deaths over the last few months, has made me grieved. And I ask myself: what can I do? How can I help?
3 key points of action that have come up over and over are:
1) do not be silent. Speak up about injustice and stand beside those laboring for change
2) pray for our people. Pray for our communities. Pray for our country. Lift up your sadness, frustration and exhaustion to God. He is faithful to draw near to us.
3) educate yourself. Learn about your privilege and be honest with yourself about any partiality and biased beliefs you may have. And then make a decision to take action.
Change starts with recognizing ethical and moral disparities within ourselves and our culture, repenting, and deciding to act.
So, all of this weekend’s Internet finds are dedicated to education and action steps for supporting our black friends and community.
As for me, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity has already been ordered. And Zach and I are looking forward to the day when we have children and we can read them the books listed below where the main characters and heroes do not look like them.
Enjoy your weekend exploring and learning!
- The Revolution Will Not Be Videoed
- A Nation on Fire Needs the Flames of the Holy Spirit
- The Gospel and the Pursuit of Justice in Your City
- 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Colorblind
- Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith — buy here
- Reconciliation Blues: A Black’s Evangelical Inside View of White Christianity by Edward Gilbreath — buy here
- Beyond Racial Gridlock: Embracing Mutual Responsibility by George Yancey — buy here
- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trilla J. Newell — buy here
- Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw — buy here
- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison — buy here
- Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon to Respect Diversity by Steve Herman — buy here
- The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates — buy here
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña — buy here
- Rocket Says Look Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola — buy here