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We are quick to complain about those leaving the church. But do we stop and ask why? We are quick to complain about what is going on in the world. But do we stop and ask how we have contributed to it? And do we stop and ask what are we going to do about it?

Ramadan is the month in the Muslim calendar in which Muslims around the world practice fasting from all food and drink from sunup to sundown. As one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan encourages Muslims to deepen their practices of prayer, community, and charity.

Find a church – and there are many of us – that proclaims the God of grace and who calls us to live in the way of grace. Find a church – and there are many of us – who proclaim that we are all created in the image of God, that God created us just as we are, that our differences are to be celebrated and not to be judged.

As we enter into the suffering of Jesus, all our pretensions at greatness are stripped away. As we face the cross of Jesus, all our justifications, all of our boasting, all of our feelings of greatness, fall away. We are left naked and vulnerable, and we see ourselves for the weak people that we are.

As we have been progressing in our Bible Study using the words of Martin Luther King, I keep returning to the words of Angela Davis: “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”