Speaking Out Against Oppression
Without justice, there can be no peace. But peace is the surest way to justice. We have every right to be angry, as a society, at what has gone on for far too long in regard to the injustices perpetrated on innocent black men and women in America. We have every right to be outraged, every right to raise a fist, every right to chant and pray and sing and weep. We have every right to do these things and more.
It is our duty, regardless of our background or race, to champion those who are oppressed. That is our moral duty, our civic duty, our duty as people of faith. God stands with the oppressed and the marginalized. He stands on a street corner wearing a shirt that reads “I can’t breathe” and he weeps with all of us with each passing injustice that gets pushed aside or swept under the rug.
Still, with all that has gone on, it is easy to become weary. It is all too easy to want to take that raised fist and swing it at the oppressor. It is all too easy to want to return hatred with more hatred, anger with greater anger, and vitriol with venom. But peace is the surest way to justice. Peace that is channeled and focused, peace that flows like rainwater into a river basin, peace that endures and passes all human understanding.
Without justice, there can be no peace – no peace in the heart. But peace in the streets, peaceful demonstration, that is what is needed for healing. So, stand up! Speak out against oppression in all its evil forms. Use your voice, take a knee, and raise a fist. Stand in solidarity with your oppressed brothers and sisters, no matter who you are, no matter where you worship, no matter what. Just always remember, when you face further injustice, when oppression comes knocking at your door, that peace, is the surest way to settle the score.