Today our heads should be bowed instead of turned.
Or they should be upright, looking something in the eye and calling it what it is.
You see, we give it power when we don’t speak it.
If you aren’t calling what happened in Charleston a hate crime, you are turning your head when you should be bowing it.
If you attempt to point out other crimes where the skin colors change that aren’t getting as much attention, you are turning your head when you should be bowing it.
If you are doing anything but grieving with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, or just fellow humans; if you are doing anything beyond calling this an atrocity; if you are searching for words that could defend or justify this evil act, you are turning your head when you should be bowing it.
Friends, racism is real and it is ugly. And hate only breeds hate. Let’s come together and grieve with our family of believers and hold off on the rest.
Or better yet, throw it away altogether.
Eyes closed, hearts on Him. Hands reached out for nothing but the offer of comfort. For now.