On Reading Luke 6 as a Black Christian After Watching the Death of Terence Crutcher


Turn the other cheek.

Do unto others.

God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.

Forgive and you will be forgiven.

The pastor at my little house church taught on Luke 6 this past Sunday. We ended up having a long, long discussion about what Jesus meant, what he wants us to do, American politics and the Black Lives Matter movement. It was not a comfortable conversation; my husband and I were the only two black people in the small group.

But I wanted to share how I felt. How can I, a black woman, be asked to turn the other cheek, to love my enemies? I announced to the group that I don’t think I can do what Jesus taught that day. What about justice? This, after all, is the Gospel…

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