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Responding to Racism and Hate

By Robin Moss

Director of Therapeutic Programs

Robin Moss is a Tennessee state Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, youth, and families. Robin completed her graduate studies at Washington University’s top ranked George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis in 1998. Robin has many years of experience providing therapeutic services, along with advocacy, program development, and supervision in nonprofit settings. Robin began her work at Bethel Bible Village in February 2008 and was promoted to her position as Director of Therapeutic Programs in June of 2012. She has been married to her husband, Jon, for 12 years and they have two daughters.

As the tragedy of this past weekend in Charlottesville sinks in, and we truly try to understand how events like these can still happen in 2017, we as Christians, as children of God, and as those entrusted to care for children and youth, must stand in love.

We must love loud. Our God is a God of love, so there is no room to hate our brothers and sisters.

Our Children are Listening

At Bethel, we choose to make this a teaching moment for our kids, and we hope you will do the same in your family. We engage in dialogue and share what Jesus says about the way we should love others, starting with the two “Greatest Commandments:”

“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31

The Bible also makes it clear that God does not divide us by nation or race:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

We Can Not Be Silent

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

This matters. And so, we choose to speak about injustice and hate, with love. Above all, we choose to love.