In the past week, we have experienced so much as a country. I personally have educated myself more on what I can do to personally to fight injustice and how I can be more deeply educated on racial injustice and my privilege as a white woman. There are so many resources out right now and I wanted to directly share with you some of the ones I am listening, reading, and learning from. I am not an expert, nor could I even begin to know what it feels like to be treated the way Black Americans have been treated now and in the past. We have the voice and power, together to change the narrative for the future.
Here are the resources that have helped me.
Another great place to turn to is the Podcast world. One of the most recent podcasts I've listen to gave amazing incite on Racial Reconciliation and how the Gospel ties into how we, as Jesus followers, should fight against injustice.
PODCAST: An Honest Conversation on Racial Reconciliation (Ft. Zach & Megan Duke) By Jordan Lee Dooley
There are also a ton of podcasts highlighted right now for #blacklivesmatter that you can check out in the podcast app, Itunes and Spotify! I plan on digging in more over the weekend as well.
A FREE Devotional Series called (Overcoming Overwhelmed) By Christine Caine
In this free 5-day online challenge by Christine Caine, you will be led through God's encouraging Word on how we can overcome feeling utterly overwhelmed and learn to be overwhelmed with his love.
INSPIRING BLACK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW on Instagram
INSPIRING BLACK WOMEN AND MEN ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW:
Nicole Walters: @nicolewalters (https://www.instagram.com/nicolewalters/)
Fatima Dedrickson: @stylefitfatty (https://www.instagram.com/stylefitfatty/)
Jo Saxton: @josaxton (https://www.instagram.com/josaxton/)
Pricilla Shirer (a preacher, writer, literally A BIBLE ROCKSTAR): @priscillashirer(https://www.instagram.com/priscillashirer/)
Lisa Harper: @lisasharper (https://www.instagram.com/lisasharper/)
Emmanuel Acho: @themancho (https://www.instagram.com/themanacho/)
Dr. Dharius Daniels: @dhariusdaniels (https://www.instagram.com/dhariusdaniels/)
Michael Todd (Phenomenal Preacher):@iammiketodd (https://www.instagram.com/iammiketodd/)
Surround yourself with different voices and people. Also during this time, take time to educate yourself on what is going on in the world right now and what has been occurring for a very long time... Injustice towards Black Americans.
Also feel free to follow the accounts and look into the resources I shared in this email. I am learning, educating, listening, and supporting these causes as well as praying and reflecting on what I need to change in my own heart. I am focusing on learning how I can lift up and speak up for my black brothers and sisters in the best ways possible.
Jesus is the perfect picture for us to look at, especially during times like this. Understanding his character, his love, his fight against injustice, how he reached out specifically to certain people groups, and how he LIVED - is what we should always look at as Believers in Christ.
Let us continue to fight for what is right with the armor of God.
The Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Let us also look at Mark 12:30-31 and practice this in our everyday lives to everyone we come into contact with.
Mark 12: 30-31
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”