10 days ago
Today on this Father's Day I cannot help but think about Philando Castile. No doubt injustice is everywhere in the world but I am here, living in the United States, and I am clearly called to stop injustice and change the lives of people around me.
I HAVE NOT ALWAYS DONE THAT. I need to change. In this country, hate, racism, prejudice and suppression predate us and no one person is to blame - but I can be ONE person who creates change. Hebrews 12:14 is a verse I have been thinking on for nearly two weeks. In this verse, the author connects the idea of holiness and getting along with each other. Of course the context is a church community. So if the definition of holiness based on this verse is to be in step with God, the author is clearly saying, how can you say you are holy, in step with God, when you are not even in step with the people around you?
We need authentic holiness that changes how we walk with each other, and even more specifically how we walk with those in pain. To walk with each other is to take time to understand each other's pain. Have I initiated and taken time to understand the pain of African American friends and community members that God has placed in my path? There is no change without understanding and there is no change without holiness.