Because We Can't Wait...

January 07, 2015

The Rev. Debra Bullock
St. Mark's Episcopal Church Evanston
Advent 1B, November 30, 2014

In the wake of the announced decision of the Grand Jury to not indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, our nation has erupted with countless responses.  The most volatile of which have made their way into our homes through reports and commentaries on our televisions, through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and around many of our Thanksgiving dinner tables. 

And today is the first Sunday of Advent – a season when we focus on hope and begin looking forward with anticipation to the coming of the Christ child.  As we fill our calendars and our lives with festivities – caroling, shopping expeditions with friends, decorating Christmas trees, hanging colorful lights, radio stations sent to all Christmas music all the time.  It is a season of great joy!  And so, it is tempting to put all of the talk of Ferguson, Missouri aside – at least for this one hour that we share together – to focus instead on the coming of Christ. Can’t we just wait?
 
Waiting until tempers cool down or until the season feels more appropriate – really, which season would that be?  And waiting, I was reminded this week, is really a white privilege; for our brothers and sisters who are persons of color, waiting has been the cry for too long.  Our history books could be filled with stories of “waiting” for the right time.  And when circumstances around us are already filling our homes with conversation and questions, waiting to address those circumstances can only send a confusing message.  We cannot wait for a better, more opportune time. 
 
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