In recent years, it’s become more challenging to hold on to that affection for the church. Marrying a black man definitely gave me a heightened awareness of some weak spots in the church, but the real onslaught of my churchology has come with much of the body of Christ’s reaction to what's going on in the world. It started with Trayvon Martin’s murder, 5 years ago. Regardless of the fact that Trayvon was unarmed and that George Zimmerman (a civilian with no authority) was told not to pursue him, many were quick to back Zimmerman and blindly trust that Trayvon had it coming.
I believe we need to take the time to listen to people's stories and perspectives. We need to take the time to process and understand where people are coming from rather than jumping to our predisposed assumptions of how we see things. Denial that racism exists just because you didn't experience it or denial that you are not part of the problem will only make matters worse.
Is this the legacy the Church wants? To defend injustice for the sake of order? To forsake the plight of their black and brown brothers and sisters because it might cause division to admit a problem exists? Even now, I see Christians giving into fear mongering and believing the Christian thing to do is to protect yourself rather than take any sort of risk to protect those who are indisputably in danger of losing their lives. What would Jesus do?