The Congregation at Duke University Chapel


photo of Carol

Racism, white supremacy, and any other ideology which claims one group of human beings is inherently superior to another is sin. Whether racism appears in a bold, public display or a private, unintended act, it is sin either way. When the sin is ours, our response is to confess, repent, and seek God’s mercy. What do we do when we see sin in others? How do we respond to those whose words we find offensive, whose beliefs are incompatible with our own, or whose actions we find offensive?

Our faith repeatedly calls us to respond to hate with love, and evil will goodness. We are challenged to avoid self-righteousness. Instead, we are to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. For some of us, that may mean we are called to patient, quiet acts of love and kindness. For others of us, it may mean running for political office. The possibilities are as diverse as we are.

May God grant us wisdom and courage for the living of these days.

May the peace of Christ be with you.