...pray that the reconciliation found in Christ would soon push us toward greater racial reconciliation. People of color are frequently falsely arrested because of their race. Regardless of the outcome of this event, pray for the church, confessing that racism still scars us and prevents us from living as the beloved community that God desires for us.People of color are frequently falsely arrested because of their race, eh. Got any stats to back that up? Sure, we know that "people of color" are frequently arrested - moreso than Whites - but falsely arrested? And not just occasionally, but frequently? Certainly in the case of Professor Gates he was not falsely arrested. He was, in fact, violating an ordinance of the Cambridge, Massachussetts Municipal Code. A certain amount of racial profiling does occur, but when the culprit is described as a "young Black male" one hardly expects the cops to be pulling over a cross-section of people, including White males and Asian females ranging in age from 12 to 87. So, how about getting your facts straight instead of just buying into the claptrap fed you by CNN?
On the other hand, by all means, pray for reconciliation and an end to the racism (both Black and White) that still scars us and impedes the unity we ought to display as God's people.
The Office of Social Justice has its own web site touting the usual "issues" - mostly following the fads of the day. They've got stuff on Darfur, Afghanistan, fair-trade coffee (whatever that means), eating too much (you shouldn't - there are starving children somewhere), Palestine, Central & South America, and so on. Most of these are addressed in a fairly balanced manner, some are fairly lopsided, even knee-jerk treatments, but always and only they are driven by headlines and fads. Nowhere is there originality or discussion based on the CRC's specific experience and opportunities. Why not, for instance, address issues in play in Classis Red Mesa? What about Nigeria, or Ghana, or a few other places where we've had missionaries for years? What about China or Korea? Nope. Nothing. Even events in Honduras are covered not because we've been involved in evangelism and relief efforts there for decades, but because it has recently been on television.
Maybe they should be called the "Office of Social Justice Fads".