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Members of the Washington, D.C.-area Springfield Church of Christ in Virginia hold signs declaring “Black Lives Matter” and touting justice, love and mercy. After George Floyd’s death, the church decided to “stand for the oppressed,” member Kathy Bailey Holland said.
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Editorial: Racism is a sin

We all have a shared history imbued with division, tarnished by separation and bloodshed based on the premise of racial superiority. That heritage has been passed down from generation to generation, and the day of reckoning has arrived.

We must understand that it is wrong to separate people into categories and see the “others” with suspicion. We cannot call ourselves followers of Christ even as we attribute negative characteristics to a group of people whom we perceive as different. This is sin. There is no excuse for it. 

Dialogue with our physical and spiritual families is an important step.

So then, what can we do? How might we begin to confront, address and reform systemic racism when by definition it appears insurmountable? 

The answers must come from every place bias is found, but change and healing are possible when we invest time in self-reflection, in reading our Bibles and in talking with God through prayer, seeking his will and asking for forgiveness.

Dialogue with our physical and spiritual families is an important step. We must renew connections and initiate conversations with those of different races and backgrounds.

We also must rethink what “fairness” means in all aspects of life. Everyone should enjoy the same access to all components of society, from education to medical care and hiring practices and so much more. Any policy or practice that is racially exclusive or alienates others must be confronted and changed. 

Much more will be said on this subject in coming editions. For the moment, however, consider how you will respond to the voices of so many calling out for justice and healing. Take advantage of the opportunity to help create lasting change for good and to share the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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