Today, three people lost their lives in or near Charlottesville, Virginia, in connection with a white supremacists’ rally.
Since the beginning of our country, many of our citizens have believed in the superiority of whites and the inferiority of people of color. Indeed, today’s violence occurred near the site of one of our country’s preeminent universities, the University of Virginia, which was founded by a racist, Thomas Jefferson.
Today I have heard politicians react. Our president had what may have been his worst day in office. He ridicules many people. But today he declined to speak out strongly against white supremacists and Nazis.
I also heard a United Church of Christ pastor interviewed on television. He was eloquent and spoke clearly with a strong moral voice. He reminded us all that justice isn’t the default position, but that it comes slowly and only after much hard work and sacrifice. He reminded us that justice isn’t free. People who earnestly seek to follow Jesus and the Gospel understand that well.
Today is a reminder of the choice each of us must make. We can choose to stand with the oppressed or the oppressor.
We can choose to believe that all people are equal or they’re not.
We can choose to subjugate or liberate.
People have given their lives for both causes.
Nothing is free in life. But some things are worth the price.