Was Colorblind, but Now I See. Day 7: “I want Justice”

Take a few minutes and listen to this beautiful new song by Joshua Miller.

Amos 5:21-24 The Message

“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
    I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
    your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
    your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
    When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
    I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
    That’s what I want. That’s all I want.


Reading Amos 5:21-24 over the last month especially in Eugene H. Petersons modern day paraphrase called The Message Has been very poignant. 

Here we are literally at home, unable to have Sunday morning worship services much less conferences due to the Coronavirus (at least in Chicago) when we are faced with yet another killing of a black man by police officer before our very eyes (George Floyd). 

The protests begin. This injustice cannot continue to go on. Changes are made. Yes, some are symbolic. statues fall, giant letters read “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” 

But some real progress is made. L.A. pledges to defund the police and allocate what would have been budget increases to social services.

Minneapolis, who’s activists have been hard at work for many years, pledge to fully defund the police and establish holistic safety force. 

 In my own city of Chicago, this week two city high schools voted out police presence on their campuses. This is important because children of color are disproportionately arrested in school settings and the school to prison pipe line begins. 

Friends, Jesus was not being metaphorical. It white churches that Jesus words can be misunderstood.

When Slavery was abolished in the 13th amendment there was an exception for criminals. And we can draw a straight line between slavery and the mass incarceration of Black men today. See 13th on Netflix. This is what “freeing the prisoners” is about.

For me I’ve always had friends who were Black and I married into a Black family. I’ve been learning and listening for a long time but I have never spoken up.

So it’s new to me. And part of writing this is fueling the fire in me and hopefully those who’s ears I have. Today it was emailing the mayor about the steps towards the 8cantwait policies Chicago is yet to adopt. It is easy. It is clicking a link. Even I can do that.

Second for me is teaching my kids to anti-racist. It’s teaching them the story of God hearing the cries of the his people in slavery in Egypt and sending Moses to set them free. It’s ordering and reading books like “The Who’s is?” on Lois Armstrong, Fredrick Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr. with my kids.

Starting out as an ally (joining the side of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters which is Jesus’ side) first involves a lot of listening as Gloria Atanmo said in her live video the other day. And then it asks for speaking to oneself and making changes and then in white spaces speaking up.

Closing Prayer





Published by Amy Louise Negussie

Writer, pastor, and community creator passionate about helping urban people connect to one another, self, and God. Amy lives in Chicago with her boys (1 husband, 2 sons, and 1 dog) walking distance to Wrigley Field (go Cubbies!).

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