A diverse group of Christians gathered in the UK Source: The Christian Chronicle
Ezra Mentore regularly grapples with microaggressions as a black man in the U.K.
Whether it’s being followed in stores by security guards or having cashiers double- and triple-check the money given, he says it is routine and uncomfortable.
“When he is wearing his postman’s uniform, police officers greet him with a ‘Good morning,’” said his wife, Bethan. “When he’s out of uniform he is greeted with suspicious looks.
“He is a kind, polite and honest, God-fearing man. … It is these qualities in Ezra which make it astounding to think of the adjustments he makes in order to be accepted by the society of a country in which he was born.”
Bethan Mentore recently wrote about her family’s experiences in a recent issue of Christian Worker – a publication for Churches of Christ in the U.K. that issue also included testimonials from Olivia Aarons, a Jamaican immigrant, and Sydney Lewis, a Black businessman who trained at the British Bible School.
Sydney Lewis was one of 50 members from eight British Churches of Christ who signed a statement sent to The Christian Chronicle expressing sadness and shock at the killing of George Floyd.
The statement read, “As people everywhere use their voices to speak up against injustices and racism meted out against people of colour, we do not believe it is right that we remain silent.”
“During his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ of Nazareth continually spoke and stood against injustice and division. He taught men the fundamentals of equality in these simple words: Love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Lewis said he deeply appreciated the Chronicle “for your willingness to speak out on the subject of racial injustice when many have remained silent.” He and several other signers have participated in marches across the U.K. and most recently in London.
Lewis and his colleagues at churches have to spend more time discussing complex issues such as race.
He remarked, “In the past, these areas of ministry have been neglected because we have turned a blind eye or crossed on the other side of the street and ignored the issue hoping that by doing so it would disappear.”
Racism didn’t disappear. Now, Lewis and others are calling for the Christian community to address the issue and be the children of God that God has called us to be.
Source: The Christian Chronicle