how to read john 316 [in America]

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life [as long as they’re white].

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish [given they don’t resist arrest] but have eternal life.

For God so loved the [western] world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life [in prison for minor drug offenses].

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life [unless of course you’re black and your car breaks down on the highway].

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. —
 Amos

Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black. Lives. Matter. In spite of the narrative spun in American media, in spite of the narrative told by some institutions that should be ashamed to call themselves part of the Church, black lives matter.

God is on the side of oppressed, the imprisoned, the broken, the unheard, the forgotten. This is not a fringe liberal interpretation of a chosen passage of scripture, this is the center of the Christian tradition. To use Christianity to alleviate some kind of eternal anxiety while blatantly ignoring racially motivated killings in America is to miss the point. Christians should be the first people seeking reconciliation, not the last.