#Time Will Tell

I’m glad to see the overwhelming support of people of color as it relates to racial injustice; however, may I suggest we take the words of John the baptist (prophet in the christian tradition) to heart-–– “bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!”

When corporate actions line up with words spoken, it is a significant indicator of a changed heart. Although it’s a great start, systemic change will require more than a flurry of interviews and confession that people of color matter—generations of injustice warrants generations of positive change.

I commend this collective moment of solidarity and support; having said that, is this collective outcry the spark to prepare the way for a more equitable system or something else altogether. Uptick leader Sonya H. asked this question, “Are we ready for the healing of our country or are we trying to reform its actions and behavior?” There’s a big difference. The work ahead of us is arduous and lengthy. The work will require investing time, energy, and money to build new systems that reflect the Kingdom of God. It will require brave and courageous leaders with a credible witness of actual work that can be felt by communities who need it the most.

“This work demands a “Show Me!” state of mind. Some may assert that to lean into racial reconciliation is a bifurcation of the good news Jesus taught. On the contrary, justice and righteousness are the foundation of The Kingdom Of God.”

Dele Okuwobi

This work demands a “Show Me!” state of mind. Some may assert that to lean into racial reconciliation is a bifurcation of the good news Jesus taught. On the contrary, justice and righteousness are the foundation of The Kingdom Of God. To the opportunist who seeks to commodify the presence of the minority as a means of self-vindication, kindly reconsider your motives and step back. Engagement on that level posses an imminent threat to people of color; in a time of mourning, authentic relationships and care are needed. Concerning the opportunities, a friend asked me to talk more about what an opportunist looks like vs. a “well-meaning “ person.

The reality is this, although there are actions that I can highlight in regards to the opportunist, a description without context could be an assassination of character. I only want to highlight the reality of “the opportunist” in our efforts to reconsider the “why” behind our actions and then act appropriately. This process allows us to engage the conversation with the right posture. May God be with you all as you do what you must to establish justice & righteousness, whether you are an opportunist or well-meaning.

OlaDele Okuwobi
OlaDele Okuwobi

OlaDele Okuwobi is the co-founding elder and Directional Pastor of 21st Century Church, a church plant in Cincinnati, OH. He is  the co-founder of the Love & Unity Project, a consulting and coaching agency helping churches and organizations combat personal and systematic bias by utilizing a combination of theological and social scientific training to ensure measurable and lasting change.

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