Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
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Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.- Isaiah 1:17 ESV


In 2013, three radical Black organizers — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. It was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. 


That was about 7 years ago. Today we find ourselves at a similar intersection of hate, racism, and police brutality. The reckless murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement officers in Minnesotoa  has provoked justified anger and outrage throughout not only the United States but the the world itself. Unfortunately, in the midst of peaceful protest there are those who have attempted to hijack the call for justice by instigating unbridled arson and looting of stores. We do not advocate the wanton destruction of property nor the physical assault of law enforcment officers. We want justice for all. Especially Black Men who seem to be  viewed and treated as less than human.


Indeed the times are tumultous in the United States to say the least. The response and rhetoric of the 45th president of the United States along with continued instances of aggresive and violent policing by law enforecment has only faned into flame the riots that have dotted the urban landscape of our nation.


In all of this , we are reminded of our Christian redemptive responsibilty to be drum majors for justice, in the words of the late Dr. M.L. King Jr. Of the many biblical passages that provide foundation for social justice in the world, the words of the prophet Isaiah provide contemporary implications and instruction for those who seek to be the authentic church of Jesus Christ.


Isaiah 1 provides both a critique and call to what  true worship and witness should look like in the context of Church and community.  Worship that excludes justice for vunerable people groups in the community, is not worship at all. Worship that does not seek the correction of oppressive regimes, authorities and legislation is not worship at all. 


The Church, therefore is called and commissioned to seek justice and correct oppresion and to protect the vunerable in the world. May God give us all discernment, direction and determination to be the salt of the earth in the 21st century. 

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