Weep, o church, for God has been shot in the streets.
O God, we have sinned against you
in thought, in word, and in deed.
Hang your head, o church, for failing to attend God’s wake.
We have left undone everything
that we ought to have done.
Cry out and gnash your teeth, o church, that God has been taken too soon.
We have not loved you
as we should.
Where will you go, o church, without God beside you?
We have abandoned
our neighbors, too.
How will you spend your Sundays, o church?
Have mercy on us.
WIll you close your doors, o church, because God has gone?
Please give us your life.
Will you sit in your empty pews, o church, as though God is still there – captured in stained glass?
hear our prayers.
Look and see, o church: the resurrected God marches now in the streets.
Forgive us, and deliver us
to streets paved in gold.
Lift up your eyes, o church, to see God breaking curfew, unarmed with hands in the air.
It is proper to wait here
for your return to us.
Listen, o church, as God shouts for justice on earth.
Holy, holy, holy. Let heaven
be full of your glory.
Austin Channing Brown’s post, “Black Bodies White Souls,” is a must-read for the white American church on the collective silence of white Christians in the face of individual & systemic racism and on the inability/refusal of the white church to express shame and remorse.