Missouri is a racist and classist/peniaphobic (fear of poverty) State. In response, what sort of people ought Followers of Jesus be? First we must speak the truth in love. Racism, greed, and fear are sins against God, our neighbor, and the created order. We must repent of these sins and take the actions of love to demonstrate the presence of the Word of God in Christ. We must not imagine that there is no fear in us. We are Missouri’s children. We are sons and daughters of this place. And just as children of alcoholics do not honor their parents by remaining quiet or by enabling their addiction, we too must shake the very foundations of this State by speaking up and acting out! Our churches must become places of reconciliation, of hospitality, of truth-telling and healing. And this begins with repentance.