Racism can be hard to pin down when our actions are not motivated by overt racist beliefs or when the impact of our actions does not align with our intentions. As Christians, we have a responsibility to consider the following concepts: implicit bias (individual actions can unconsciously and unintentionally reflect and foster racism), systemic racism (attitudes toward different racial groups affects the structure of our society), and historic racism (confronting racism today requires us to make amends for the past). In this brave space, I encourage you to consider how the impact of your actions might not always align with your intentions.
—Elizabeth Hagan, Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021)
When have you realized that your intentions and their impact were not in alignment? Join the conversation.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
—John 15:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, grant me the patience and grace to listen, the courage and wisdom to question and speak, and the bravery to create safe space for tough topics.
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