A Message from Rector Randy Alexander for June 1, 2020
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in. Isaiah 58:12
I'm thinking of this verse this morning, as I'm thinking about the hatred and pain we have seen on display the past several days, and I'm thinking about Immanuel, and our calling.
I was sickened as I watched the video of George Floyd being killed by a Minneapolis police officer as other officers stood silently by. That officer's actions showed no regard for Mr. Floyd's life, at all. As Christians we would say the officer showed no regard for Mr. Floyd as a precious child of God. We are better than this. We must be better than this. This officer also violated his oath to protect and to serve, and he dishonored scores of faithful, honorable police officers who put their lives on the line, regularly, to serve and protect us all.
So in the protests around the country we see righteous anger. We see anger at centuries-long injustice in our nation and the racism that lessens us all and is deadly and a daily plague for some of our brothers and sisters. We must be better than this.
Amidst that righteous anger, though, there is clearly another element, an element driven equally by hate, and bent on destruction. I was also sickened to see St. John's Church in Lafayette Square set on fire by these vandals last night. And I thought again of the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had quoted in the sermon yesterday morning: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." And I thought, we have to be better than this.
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