By Christine Kindberg, U.S.
What are we to do now, when injustice is so deeply entrenched?
For one thing, let’s hold on to the conviction that it doesn’t have to be this way. Other countries like Germany and South Africa give models for what it means to collectively face up to a horrifying legacy and move forward toward change.
But, really, we won’t be able to move forward until we come to terms with the darkness in our history.
Change means learning—and repentance. For those of us who don’t have to live this injustice every day, it may take a while to understand. Let’s make the effort. (For starters, let me recommend this article, which I found very helpful in putting the protests into context. It’s written by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, one of the best books I’ve ever read).
we repent that
in thought, word or deed,
we have committed serious offenses
against you and our neighbors.
we have provoked hatred, division and hurt
within our communities.
In greed, deceit and indifference,
we have caused serious damage,
unnecessary conflict and aggravated destruction.
In selfishness, insensitivity and bias,
we have encouraged and emboldened
those who inflict hurt, pain and sorrow.
In the name of religion, doctrine
and even of Christ himself,
we have wounded believers
and pursuers of holiness and faith.
In stubbornness, pride and arrogance,
we have caused division and strife
within your church and among your children.
Mercifully send Your Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of order and comfort,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness;
restore in us true faith in Christ
which brings truth, peace and harmony;
and help us to walk together
with our brothers and sisters
in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
to the glory of your name.
Christine Kindberg is a fiction writer and the author of The Means That Make Us Strangers. From Peru, Chile, Panama, Kentucky, and North Carolina, she studied at Wheaton College and has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She works as a Spanish-language editor at Tyndale House Publishers and is a board member of MAI.