This is my wife and I favorite time of the year, but this year feels different. Let’s just be honest, it is. As a African-American male this Advent season takes on a different tone. As a matter of fact I need it to be more significant. We celebrate the soon coming Christ who will break-in and be present with us. I need Advent to be about both reaching back toward the coming of the Christ child and reaching forward toward the story of Christ coming again.
2020 has been difficult but God has the final say. It’s deeply important that we understand the radical meaning of Jesus’ birth as an event destined not just to culminate in a sacrifice for personal atonement and reconciliation, but also to radically transform the earth with LOVE.
Into the midst of these unsettled time, struggling through COVID, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, God’s love continues to manifest and break these walls down. We have to own that standard, normative, historic, so-called orthodox Christian theology has been a theology of empire, a theology of colonialism, a theology that powerful people used as a tool to achieve and defend land theft, slavery, exploitation, domination, superiority, and privilege.
This love that Jesus brings, dismantles and disrupts all these idols. God’s love showed up at rallies, Gods love is showing up in the streets standing against white supremacy. Love breaks through the silence.
I can hear MLK Jr. singing, like the sacred poet, affirming his belief in the faithfulness of the Lord to his covenant,
We stand before You because we must.
We stand before You because
truths that should be self-evident
are not so evident in our country.
And so we turn to You to breathe
ever more of Your Spirit into us
because we find we cannot breathe,
The arms of society are wrapped around our throats
As we call out for justice.
We call to you to continue to disrupt our lives
With your love
In the midst of unsettles times we wait patiently,
for you to come
We pray to you because,
as our prophets have taught us:
human suffering anywhere
concerns men and women everywhere.
where every Black man, woman, and child is
exploited, where there is privilege, and superiority.
We shout to the Heavens with one, unified voice:
Black. Lives. Matter.
Come Lord Jesus