The Rev. Amos C. Brown: Overcome prejudice by ‘making positive ripples’
The Rev. Amos C. Brown believes that one strategy to overcome racial prejudice in society is to “make optimistic ripples.”
“I don’t imply to make it simplistic, however it’s easy: do unto others as you’d have them do unto you. We reap what we sow. Injustice anyplace, as Dr. (Martin Luther) King says, will get round to affecting us all all over the place,” the Rev. Brown stated. “It’s just like the ripples of the waves. While you throw a pebble within the water, there are ripples. We should be about making optimistic ripples.”
The considerate response relating to how people could make a distinction of their communities was a part of an interview dialogue between The Rev. Brown and Elder Jack N. Gerard of the Quorum of the Seventy within the sanctuary of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco for the September version of the Liahona, an official church journal for grownup members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a news release stated Thursday.
The Rev. Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church, is a longtime advocate of civil rights and a member of the board of the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Folks (NAACP).
President Russell M. Nelson and different church leaders have labored with the Rev. Brown and others from the NAACP to promote civility and collaborate on educational and humanitarian projects in recent times.
Within the interview, Elder Gerard and the Rev. Brown mentioned matters akin to options for defeating prejudice and the religion chief’s love of the Latter-day Saint hymn, “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” A part of the interview is featured in a video.
Listed below are just a few questions and solutions from the interview transcript on Liahona.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
How common folks can eradicate prejudice in their very own lives
Elder Gerard: President Nelson stated, “God doesn’t love one race greater than one other. His doctrine on this matter is evident. He invitations all to come back unto him.” he has referred to as upon the members of our church to “lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice.” In your opinion, what are the most effective methods for common folks to work towards eradicating prejudice in their very own lives?
The Rev. Brown: First, the common particular person ought to be good to himself or herself by understanding that God loves them they usually don’t must take shortcuts to significance or to be imply to others by elevating oneself. They should say, “I’m going to make use of what I’ve for the great of others and never simply myself.” Many individuals are dying spiritually as a result of they’re focusing solely on self, by no means involved concerning the welfare of different selves.
Why the Rev. Brown loves the hymn, ‘Come, Come, Ye Saints’
Elder Gerard: I’ve been struck by your particular love for our hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” What’s it concerning the hymn which means a lot to you?
Reverend Brown: That hymn embodies an announcement of the wrestle of the human household. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went by way of wrestle. Your congregation didn’t relaxation within the ruins of oppression. It didn’t simply survive. It struggled to soar above the persecution that was inflicted by individuals who didn’t such as you since you have been totally different.
However the prophets saved saying, “Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor worry.” That opening line actually impacted me after I first heard it over 50 years in the past, and I by no means forgot it.
The Rev. Brown beforehand talked about having a “wow second” when reflecting on the hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” in a 2019 video interview.