from "The Light of Christ"

Excerpt from sermon "The Light of Christ"

By the Rev. Dr. William Guthrie WGuth93700@aol.com

"...and that is why we are outraged with the verdict in the Amadou Diallo case. There is a higher question of justice for people of color in this nation rather than reliance on narrow and technical definitions and interpretations of criminal law.

Just as Jesus was angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for their "hardness of heart," so we too are angry with those who cannot see the wood for the trees when it comes to questions of justice and equality for young black men in this country.

It is no accident that fully one-third of young black males are involved with the criminal justice system in this society, and that more black men are in jail than are in college.

Just as Jesus was grieved at "their hardness of heart," we too are grieved by what we perceive to be "open season" on men of color in America today. We weep for our sons and daughters of color today.

One has only to look at the verdict of the Rodney King case in Los Angeles, or the dragging of a black man behind a pick up truck in Texas until be was literally torn to pieces.

Or the plunging of a broom handle by police officers into the private parts of a black man from Haiti. And now forty-one bullets fired into an unarmed black man from West Africa, nineteen of which struck him and lodged in his body.

How many more examples of racism do you want?

How are we as Christians, as followers of Christ, as disciples of Jesus, to respond to these assaults upon our dignity as human beings? The Apostle Paul teaches us when he says:

We are afflicted in every way but not crushed. Perplexed but not driven to despair. Persecuted but not forsaken. Struck down but not destroyed." By the grace of God, we are able to survive in a racist society...


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