I’ve been noticing a curious hashtag appended to Twitter posts related to Ferguson, Missouri lately: #staywoke.
According to the Urban Dictionary, deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the ****storm going on around you in time or turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.[i]
As time goes by and the images of the events in Ferguson fade, it will not be easy to stay woke to the issues which were opened up there. How will we keep informed about issues of racial justice? How will we ensure we hear diverse voices? How will we keep the conversation about institutional racism active? How will we learn about relevant legislation and advocate with legislators? How will we stay woke?
The Advent season which begins on Sunday is about waiting and hoping for God’s promises to be fulfilled and God’s kingdom of peace and justice to reign. It’s about staying woke.
How will we stay woke until God’s promises are fulfilled for everyone?