“I’ve clearly seen my people oppressed in Egypt. I’ve heard their cry of injustice because of their slave masters. I know about their pain.” - Exodus 3:7, Common English Bible
Recently, I was teaching a Sunday School lesson on the calling of Moses. Moses was called by God using a burning bush that was not consumed. Two words jumped out at me from the Exodus, chapter 3 text-injustice, and pain.
God said “I have clearly seen my people oppressed in Egypt. I’ve heard their cry of injustice because of their slave masters. I know about their pain.”
We have heard and seen incidents concerning injustice involving our African American brothers and sisters. I continue to try and have a better understanding of some of the pain they have endured. After God spells out the oppression of the Israelites, God informs Moses he has been chosen to lead the people out.
Moses had more than a few concerns about this endeavor. God said to Moses “I will be with you,” but that did not satisfy Moses. After some name discussion, Moses asked “But what if they don’t believe me or pay attention to me? They might say ‘The Lord did not appear to you!’” God pulled a couple of tricks out of the bag for some “proof” for Moses. Moses was now able to turn his shepherd’s staff into a snake or he could put his hand inside his coat, have Leprosy put it back in and the Leprosy was gone. A couple of pretty amazing “tricks.” God does not let Moses off the hook.
As we deal with the racial injustice in our country, each of us has to determine what God is calling us to do. For me, I need to take responsibility for my own education on the issues faced by the black community. I had very little black history growing up, but now my ignorance is my responsibility. Again, this week I wanted someone to educate me on black history. I remembered it was my obligation to study, learn, and try to understand. My prayer is we would find ways to change the system of racism we have created. With God’s help, I believe we can, but God is not going to let us off the hook.