Today, If You are White

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Today, if you are white, we have one job to do. Today, if you are white, it doesn’t matter where you go to church or if you go to church, but it matters that we do this one thing … Today, in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it is required of us that we become quiet. In the aftermath of Charlottesville, we need to bow our heads and we humble our hearts and ask the God of the Universe this one question: Lord, are there any traces of white supremacy in me?

Listen carefully. Listen and don’t rush. Take a breath. You might not like the gentle whisper that comes back so clearly through the hallways of your heart. The gentle whisper that rings, Yes.

Yes.

No condemnation. Just truth.

You may gasp. You may shudder.

You may be horrified.

Yes, be horrified, because this is ugliness … This is the dark secrets of our souls passed down through generations of supremacy and superiority and hierarchy. These tentacles of supremacy have allowed history to swing in favour of our white skins and our white bodies.

Be horrified.

And sit with the ugliness … Own it.

Has something in your life given this ugliness authority in your soul? Some experience? The systemic racism you grew up in? The laws of your land?

Because if it has a right to be nestled into your soul, we ask: What gives it the right to be here, Lord? How have I allowed it?

What story, or belief or law have I adhered to that welcomed in this spirit of supremacy?

And then, when you look the roots straight in the eye, you weep and you give it all to Jesus. There at the foot of the cross, you lay down the ugliness … You name it by its right name.

You confess that most ugly, most secret, most covered up sin of white supremacy … You take off the blinders and the secrecy and the hiding and you lay it before the Lord of Mercy.

Lord, I confess the spirit of supremacy within me. Take it from me, Lord. Heal me and make me new.

Jesus is not surprised by our sin. Jesus has known all along.

Forgive me, O Lord. 

Forgive us, O God. 

And when you have handed it over and received Mercy and forgiveness, then you get up and do the work of unlearning the centrality of whiteness. Keep listening to the stories in the margins. Watch how systems oppress and stay awake and most of all, walk in friendship.

And maybe you tell somebody.

We do this together.

This is the good news. This is the beautiful and glorious good news that the ugliest, hidden recesses of our souls may come into the Light.

We confess our sins. And then we turn from our wicked ways.

The words of Micah 6:8 keep ringing through my heart: Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. Especially that last part—walk humbly.

Doing this work requires deep humility. It is not for the faint of heart, but today, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, it is the only way we move forward. We humble ourselves in the light of the Lord.

Doing this work, requires the laying down of the persons we have constructed and the good we have believed about ourselves. This work requires owning our shadows and inviting in the Light.

But, o, how light is this Way. And how right.

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Idelette McVicker
If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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