https://youtu.be/6x-0uyjMTeU A Sermon for the Sunday after the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and Juneteenth. Preached at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, IN.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, came as a shock to white Americans. "How can white supremacy still be a thing?" we ask ourselves, while our black siblings wonder how we ever thought it wasn't.
And it's important to call white supremacy out for what it is: evil. It's important to call it out as absolutely antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It looks like standing up to the perpetrators of racist, sexist, xenophobic, and homophobic violence against certain populations in our own country and saying, “It doesn't matter what our political ideologies are—this must end, and it must end now.”