Perhaps our greatest challenge is our fragmentation along class lines. The victories of the American civil rights movement provided opportunity and access primarily to the Black middle class. Consequently, Black flight—fleeing historic Black communities in the inner city and retreating to the suburbs—has stripped these communities of our businesses and resources, leaving behind masses of our brothers and sisters still bound by the chains of poverty. The poignant provocative that first arose from the lips of Cain, now resonates anew: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In recent years, we have appeared to respond in joint refrain, “No!”
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
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The Lord loves justice. He will never leave his faithful all alone.
—Psalm 37:28 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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