People are asking: Why are we going to 46th and Market on Sunday night? (Why do you try to get me to do these things?)
The pastors answered this on their video Wednesday.
I want to emphasize one thing here about why we are going. We are going to pray. We will be grieving and remembering people who have been killed by the police. But, even more, we will be interceding for the police and claiming the block where the new police station is being built for peace. We will be seeding a new era of nonviolence and a new spirit of love in the community.
When we met to do some theology at the end of last month, The U.S. Social Forum was still winding down. It calls itself a “convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change….The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.” We felt some solidarity, since our “doing theology” time had the feeling of convergence, too; and being on the offense against oppression sounds like Jesus.
What’s more, we have been reignited, since last August, about the racism in the country and the ongoing injustice it causes. The Black Lives Matter movement has energized a lot of us. Several of us have been involved with the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice (racial, economic and legal) who demand justice through “policy work, direct action and community education.” It feels like a new environment these days and we want to think about it with Jesus. What about justice? What does God think about it and are we practically following the Lord’s lead?