Appalling Silence

Appalling Silence

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying:“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:37-40 NKJV

I was preparing materials for a racism workshop to be held during an observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I studied his most famous writings, this quote from his letter from the Birmingham Jail, disturbed me. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. (emphasis added) Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co- workers with God…

I have read and recited those words many times, but in the current climate in our nation, the weight of the words hang heavy on me as one who professes to believe in Jesus as our King, our Lord, and our Savior. I feel compelled to take this opportunity to speak a word for Him as I urge us not to let the political leaders or the crisis of the day, take our eyes off of the only one who can see us through.

Luke 19 tells the story of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus as He made His way to the Mount of Olives. The people who has witnessed His works began to shout out their praises but some of the Pharisees told Jesus to tell His disciples to be quiet.

I pray that in the midst of challenging times, when some would say to the saints who are serving God with gladness, “why are you doing that, why are you joining rallies, why do you give so much, what are you so joyful about, it doesn’t take all that” someone will have a flashback, remember what God has already done and that God still has all power in His hands. He wants us to serve Him in spirit and in truth. God wants us to demonstrate love, grace and mercy to others, as he has shown us. God wants us to be His witnesses!

My faith journey makes it hard to be silent when things are going wrong around me, but today I recommit to using my voice to help break the silence about racism and injustice.

I refuse to let the rocks to cry out in my place.

Breaking the Silence on Racism – Start Talking!

Breaking The Silence On Racism

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 19:02 | Category : Building Bridges of Hope to End Racism
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Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. and Kingdom Mission Society invite you to join Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell and Mr. Alexei Laushkin for a dialogue – Breaking the Silence on Racism. They will share some of their perspectives on why their faith journey leads them to this moment in their lives. 

This will be a Facebook Live online discussion on

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8 pm ET.

What Can You Do to Help End Racism?

Monday, 15 January 2018, 20:40 | Category : Building Bridges of Hope to End Racism
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Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. and Kingdom Mission Society will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by engaging 50 houses of worship, faith-based and other civic organizations to work together as bridge builders for racial understanding and action.

“What can I do?” is a frequently asked question when it comes to issues related to race in our communities. Throughout 2018, we will identify good answers to that question, as well as, provide and promote opportunities to add your voice and to be engaged with people of faith in supporting the legacy of Dr. King. We recognize there are many organizations striving to advance his dream. These efforts are often isolated and do not receive the attention they deserve. We will seek to create a supportive regional network of allies and friends committed to enhancing racial understanding and moving toward Dr. King’s dream of the beloved community.

We invite you to become a founding sponsor with MLK 50 Bridges in recognition of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK 50 Bridges is a collaborative effort to:

Break the silence around racism
Build bridges of understanding
Share information and promote relevant community activities related to racial understanding
Provide education and training to help develop knowledge and skills to disrupt and dismantle racism
Help us break the silence on racism, learn how to be a bridge builder.

Word of the Day- Maladjusted

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lost his life in the fight for freedom and equality 50 years ago on April 4, 1968. Throughout this year, Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. will share some of the quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that spur us into personal and collective action.Today let’s embrace what it means to be maladjusted in support of anti-racism.

When I ask myself how I want to be seen by others, “maladjusted” would not be my first choice of words. When I ask myself what it means to be seen as a Christian, then I readily Dr. King’s call to become “maladjusted.” We are called to be transformed, to be new creatures in Christ, to love others as Christ loves us, to live in grace.

Dr. King made this statement in a speech on December 18, 1963 at Western Michigan University.

Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.” This word is the ringing cry to modern child psychology. Certainly, we all want to avoid the maladjusted life. In order to have real adjustment within our personalities, we all want the well‐adjusted life in order to avoid neurosis, schizophrenic personalities.But I say to you, my friends, as I move to my conclusion, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence…In other words, I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”