Righteous Indignation

Black Lives Matter grunge rubber stamp on black background. Inspirational quote for motivational racism has no place and Police violence. I can't breathe.

We don’t often equate anger with righteousness. But even Jesus flipped tables in the New Testament experiencing something called righteous indignation (Matthew 21:12). Also, in Matthew 12:34 Jesus referred to the Pharisees as brood of vipers. As Believers, we do need to understand the difference between righteous and unrighteous anger. Righteous anger arises when we witness something that is an offense against God or His Word. For instances, Believers react to racism and social injustice because the Bible speaks against this (Micah 6:8, Isaiah 1:17, Leviticus 19:16). Anger is not a sin; we do need to be careful that in our anger that we do not sin and give no place to the devil (Ephesians 4:26-27). We should always check our attitudes and motives before becoming angry with others. But when it comes to speaking truth the truth can be painful or uncomfortable to hear however truth is truth and we need to hear truth regardless of how it makes us feel so we can change and get better. Jesus said in John 8:32 “you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Many people are bound by their ignorance and because of that they operate based on that ignorance. Why is it when Black people speak out on racism, our history and what we have dealt with and continue to deal with we are met with hostility, ridicule and deflection? If talking about White privilege, racism and racial inequality makes anyone feel uncomfortable, offended or need to include all races this is a ploy to deflect or to hush the mouths of African Americans. We don’t have to walk in passivity or tip toe around the issues that have plagued our people for 400 years to cater to other people’s feelings and emotions. This may sound divisive, but we have had our voices silenced long enough. Before anyone comes for me please educate yourself on the plight and history of African Americans so that you will be able to understand where I am coming from and where my people are coming from. I know you want to pretend that racism doesn’t exist, I know you want Black people to ignore the past and sweep present issues under the rug, I know you want as my sister Efua put it just to “hold hands and sing kumbaya.” We have to stop denying the fact that White America has used laws, politics, business and the judicial system to maintain power and control. And I’m hardly the first to call this out. And not only over African Americans but also immigrants and the Native Americans. But the desire to keep people of color oppressed and denied equal power remains rooted in the DNA of this country that America is for White people when this country was built on the backs of African Americans.

I saw a comment that stated, “what are Black people complaining about didn’t they have a Black President with Obama.” This statement demonstrates the racial progress that we’ve have made according to some White people. It seems to be any honest accounts of our history are contested and met with backlash . I encourage you, especially my fellow citizens who are White, educate yourself on our history so that you can understand Black history, to acknowledge truths about our history no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel. To confront the suffering of generations both past and present and to understand the way this history shaped African American’s psychologically today and directly impacts us personally.  But especially to the White Believers, you saw a modern-day lynching of a Black man along with the rest of the world. We can’t continue to push a message of unity void of addressing deep-seeded issues of oppression. The often echo message is “All lives matter, don’t they? So, put your faith in God and focus on the Lord.” As Dr. Dana Carson stated, “yes we have freedom in Christ, but we should also have freedom in physicality.” Racism is not outside of God’s realm of concern. Being a follower of Christ why do you stay clear of discussions such as when Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were murdered by the police? Most Whites see a contraction in the Black Lives Matter movement, but don’t see a contradiction in their complicity in social injustice and racial equality through silence on racial injustice. What does the White Christians say about today’s racism and social injustice? Unfortunately, many respond to racism and hate with “let’s be peaceful and everything else will fall into place”. This response is similar of that of the colonizers and slave owners in that ignoring injustice to singularly focus on God runs parallel with Jesus’s teachings. It does not. Jesus modeled loving and treating everyone equally. When discussion of racism and inequality stops at the church door, it makes Black people who sit in White led churches wonder why there hasn’t been a stance taken against the most high-profile racial injustice of our time. Because we are Christians there are people that will tell you that you shouldn’t be angry and just accept that this is what a fallen world looks like and pray for the final judgement to come. Black people — if you are feeling angry about the social injustice our people have faced and continue to face, you have a reason to be angry and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or make you feel bad. Jesus was angered by discrimination and actively defended marginalized people. The question is why doesn’t this anger White Christians? (side note: I’m not talking to all; you know if this is addressed to you or not). Something is wrong with your walk God if you say that you are a Christian but injustice against African Americans doesn’t bother you. When the Latin Americans came to the USA fleeing their countries and President Trump had them put in cages this enraged every person that called themselves a human. I was angry to see people in cages like they were animals. These people who were scared and just simply wanting to better themselves were being treated like animals;  it was even worse when there were children who were dying in those cages. Everyone rallied and wanted justice and rightfully so. All people of color are desiring is to be treated fairly and more than that to be treated like human beings.  

Below are books that I would like to recommend that are insightful and classic reads and are highly credible:

WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG

IS CHRISTIANITY A WHITE MAN’S RELIGION? HOW TO WIN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

Tags, , 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “Righteous Indignation”

  1. Excellent post, Kim. I agree, we need to educate ourselves on the history of this issue, from the origins to the present day. That’s what I intend to do. 🙏

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s