This week more than one hundred Cooperative Baptist pastors from across the United States signed a statement condemning racism, white supremacy and bigotry and committing to confront “any form of racism we encounter — individual and systemic.” The letter, titled “A Statement Concerning Racism in our Nation,” emphasizes that “silence is an affront to the Gospel.”

I’ve signed the letter and I’d like for you to read it and sign it too. You can go here to read it for yourself and to decide if you would like to add your name to the document.

For my part – and I think for you too – agreeing with the principles of the letter is very easy. We would be hard-pressed in a congregation like ours to find someone who wants to come out in favor of racism, white supremacy, and bigotry. CBF has made it almost effortless to go on record as opposing these sins in our society.

Which is precisely my point today.

It requires almost no effort to say you are opposed to hatred and bigotry. And it is almost as easy for us to avoid committing overt acts that hurt others. Just stay away from people who are different in any substantive way from yourself and you aren’t likely to run into problems.

But as followers of Christ we are called to do much more than avoid hatred. We are to love actively, preemptively, generously, even foolishly. We shouldn’t need reminding that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. In the radically divided and divisive world in which we live, Christ calls us to go out of our way to show kindness and mercy toward others, particularly those who are among “the last, the lost, and the least,” in other words, the opposite of us, “the first, the found, the most.”

Sign the letter. Maybe it will do some good. But please let that be a first step toward personal involvement in the love of others. That’s so much more difficult than a few keystrokes and a mouse click. But so much more pleasing to our Lord.