“Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens,

That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless.

It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 3:1, 5, 8 NLT

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “If a man can’t stand for something he will fall for anything.” Dr. King was referencing the moral courage that was needed to stand against racism and injustice against poor blacks and poor whites. Everyone it seems thought that Dr. King should sit down and remain patient but he could not stand any longer as black girls were bombed to death by white terrorists in a church while going to Sunday school..

As we survey the landscape of America there are so many things that should disturb us. As conscientious followers of Christ we should not stand for racism, violence, misogyny, and xenophobia.

In Memphis there have been grassroots roots activists like Tami Sawyer (#takeemdown901) and Rev. Earle Fisher who have taken a stand to remove racist relics of confederate statues. As a man of faith, along with other fellow clergy we have made a decision to stand with our brothers and sisters to #takeemdown in 901.

We will take a trip to Athens, TN to speak to the historical commission to ask them to no longer impede the progress to remove the painful reminder of slavery and white terrorism in our city. Some will ask, “what does this have to do with faith?” And I would say in response, “everything!” It takes faith to stand up against injustice

Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, told his players they would be fired if the don’t stand for the anthem. The reason players have been kneeling is because they can’t stand for a song that is not true for every citizen of the United States. As long as African Americans are being disproportionately murdered and imprisoned we should not stand for that. Some will say that not standing is disrespectful to the soldiers that died for our country. Black soldiers have returned home only to be lynched in their uniform. How disrespectful is that?! The President said he did not honor Senator John McCain because his war heroes didn’t get caught. That’s so disrespectful.

I’m taking a stance because I can no longer stand for racism, economic injustice, and violence in America.

What about you? Where do you stand?

Dear God,

I pray that you will heal the racial wounds of our country. A house divided cannot stand. As followers of Christ we can no longer close our eyes and ears to the hateful and decisive rhetoric coming from our President. It’s not right and we are not leftist for saying so. We are reminded of what you told Jeremiah; “This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!” Jeremiah 22:3 NLT

Your word does not change and it will stand forever.

In Jesus’ Name,