Alright, peoples. The board is set; the pieces are moving. If you’re a person of good will, and I know most of you are, you need to get real serious about your commitment to your own values. It’s time to cash them in for some hard currency. Christ said: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me,” and:
“Come, you that are blessed… for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:40, 34-36)
This isn’t a matter of political ideology. It’s a matter of basic common humanity. I know I risk sounding alarmist — I’m not about to claim that the world is on the brink of collapse — only that this is not the best time to be a minority in the United States of America, and in many other parts of the world.
Below are some basic things Christians can do to help minorities feel safe:
- Pray for change – but don’t stop there.
- Have real messy human relationships with minority friends.
- If you have a spare bedroom, be willing to put it to use.
- If you can, signal to minority groups that you’re a safe resource.
- Use your professional skills to help those in need.
- Educate yourself.
- Use language respectfully, because it sets the tone for how a person will be treated.
- Stand up to bullies, even if it inconveniences you (even if they’re your family).
- Teach your children to stand up to bullies and defend others.
- Make your churches welcome to any person who needs a warm environment – so make your churches warm.
- Be the warm body that will stand or sit beside a friend. As in: sit yourself physically down next to a minority friend (in the pew – yes, in church) and help them deflect all those nasty stares they’re accustomed to.
- Donate to initiatives that actively help minority groups. If not shelters and charities, then to law centers. We need good lawyers more than anyone else.
- Publicly support us. Stop worrying about your social clout.
- Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. This means, don’t expect to be given a ribbon for basic human decency. Thank you, really, but this isn’t about you. It’s just not.
- In summary, practice what you preach.