Freddie Gray, Baltimore and You

Freddie Gray…Again…Protests…It’s happening again!

We as Black Christians need each other during times like this.

Please share (Yes, feel free to vent!) & support each other as we struggle to connect our faith & culture in the world in which we live.

 

  • How are you doing?

  • What are you thinking/feeling?

  • What are you wrestling with?

  • How are you struggling to connect your faith with what is happening?

  • What can/should we be doing as Black Christians?

 

There are 8 thoughts below

  • AJ Walker says:

    I have way too many arguments with my brothers and sisters in Christ over this. Vast majority are sitting idly by while patting each other on the back for being saved. I’m tired, really I’m tired. I’m tired of going to church week after week after week at a Historically Black Denomination and having NO ONE from the pulpit to the pews addressing these issues. All I get is week after week after week is “If you know the Lord, you ought to PRAISE HIM!” while our people die in the streets, while racism and disenfranchisement run rampant. While the police continue to run rampant on their unchecked killing spree. While our people forget who they are and whose they are. While the mainstream media paints a negative picture that is unchecked. While our children are not getting the supplements to their public school education they so desperately need. I tutor at the neighborhood tutoring program, the kids who attend are 95% Hispanic. I’m tired of seeing so much get ignored from the pulpit to the pews while they play dress up and participate in “worship” when there is so very much we need to be doing that does not involve sitting in a church pew in fancy clothing singing about getting into heaven. I’m tired. So. Very. Tired.

    • Tired. That resonates deeply with me.

      The arguments you are having with fellow Christians, what are they saying in response to your call to action?

      rg

      • AJ Walker says:

        They are primarily saying how sad, how tragic, but that doesn’t spur them to action as they intimate “they must have done something…” Reminds me of Jobs 3 friends who were convinced Job had committed some grievous sin against God to have such trouble. But, suppose, since the prayers of equality have not been fully answered in America, we were all born for a time such as this? Suppose this is OUR cross? To expose, confront, address and move ever more toward the point where we can be? Just be. Free from threats, violence, racism and really have a level opportunity? Are we answering that call? Christians, as you say in your previous podcast, are not answering THAT call.

  • Sherry says:

    I am so very tired. Tired of reading another article and watching another video about one more black male killed by the police. The ridiculous arguments that mostly white people give are so crazy that I can do nothing but laugh– not because it’s funny, but because it’s so ridiculous that I don’t know where to begin to formulate a response.

    The responses that really get me are from white Christians. They pontificate about a person’s color not making a difference; it’s who you are inside. I want to yell at them to shut up with
    sound bites that make them feel good that they are one of the liberal “ones”. My color is part of who I am, and because of it I experience the world in a different way. To dismiss it is to say something
    is wrong with my color, that it’s not important, which is not true.

    Back to the issue: I know you’ve all heard the comments about black people aren’t the only ones who are discriminated against. Instead of getting defensive as I usually do, from now on I’m going to ask them why are they
    telling me who else is discriminated against? What are they trying to accomplish? How does that help black people? Are we suddenly supposed to feel that it isn’t as serious that Freddy Gray was killed
    because some other group was discriminated against? Are we suddenly supposed to say, “Oh, I’m sorry. I guess I don’t have anything to complain about, because my people are not the only one.” Those
    you’re-not-the-only-one comments are dismissive and minimizes the seriousness of what has happened. Would you say to a rape victim, “You’re not the only one who has been raped?” It was
    hard for me to even type that.

    I read on Facebook where a cop calls those of us who are angry about another black male being killed by the police Monday morning Quarterbacks because we haven’t walked in police officers’ shoes.
    What’s that got to do with the pain of parents who have lost a son? If I didn’t “Monday Morning Quarterback”, as they put it, would that change the facts? Freddy Gray is still dead.

    Today I read the account of a person who was also in the paddy wagon with Freddie, but they were separated by a petition. He heard a bunch of banging, and now they are trying to say that
    Gray is the cause of his own injuries. All I can say is, “Really, y’all?” and shake my head.

    I’m angry, frustrated, and I’m concerned for the safety of my adult children.

    I have more to write, but I’ll let someone else comment.

    • Sherry,
      Thank you! Grateful that you’re a part of this community. My anger & frustration is high too…find myself having to bite my tongue an lot and choose my words carefully. Just wish that it wasn’t this way around fellow followers of Christ too.

      rg

  • Eric Canaday says:

    Henry Ford said:

    “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    Our weekly gatherings have significant value. But they are just a starting point…not a solution.

    Obeying God’s command to love on another (the 1 corinthians 13 & 1 John 4 kinda’ love) is the cohesive substance that we must use in order to keep us together. However, that is only progress.

    In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus outlined the key to our success. It says:

    ” Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

    It does not say the “praisers” are few, or the “worshipers” are few. It says the WORKERS are few. We need more WORKERS like AJ Walker who make their presence known on Sunday, but walk out of the doors committed to doing the ministry that matters: serving the widows, fatherless, foreigners, and the poor.

    Serving this generation does not require a title. It just takes the courage to make a difference one life at a time. The men and women who lead our worship services don’t have the time or energy to do this work.

    As black christians we must accept that we have God’s permission to join His son in our shared mission of breaking the cycle of lovelessness in our communities.

    Imagine what would happen if every Christian would do what AJ has done? He may be an unsung hero now. But I guarantee his investment in a few children will save the lives of young people (Like Freddie Gray) who may never know his name. ~ @ericcanaday #DOTHEWORK (see Ephesians 2:10)

    • AJ Walker says:

      Bless you and your understanding. No, we have no shortage of worshippers or people willing to praise, but we have a severe shortage of people who will take Jesus to the streets, not to evangelize, but put skin on God. So many think it’s all there is to do is win souls, but how can you win a soul if they have not seen you where they live, in their life, walking with them, sharing with them, supporting them, being with them? Christians air dropping on a street corner to go door to door looks and sounds good on paper, but you haven’t walked with these “neighbors”any further than to their front door. How is that a “witness”? How is that trustworthy enough for them to care to listen?

  • Sherry says:

    Both my daughters live in Brooklyn and because of gentrification and the worsening racism, my oldest daughter wants to move to Africa. She’s visited three or four times.
    As her mother, I’m really saddened by this and her reason for wanting to move. She’s talking about moving in September. I’m praying … I really am. Please pray also.