So let us not be deluded. Outrage and grief are necessary but insufficient. It’s time for white Christians to act: to listen carefully to how Black Americans describe what they know; to have a stark confrontation with ourselves about our own white experiences and passivity; and to move with the same faithfulness, creativity, and courage that Black communities in the United States have consistently modeled for us.
Paul calls us not only to believe the gospel but also to become the gospel and thereby to advance the gospel.
If the real contrast is between those predestined to life and those given a genuine opportunity to respond positively, then it is not a case of mercy versus justice. It is merciful to give those who refuse a genuine chance to respond. So the contrast is the contrast between two forms of mercy, even if justice also enters into it all at some point.
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