To remain in unity with as many as possible, I must let my heart be examined. So I will join this conversation—friends, let me grieve with you and learn from you.
Here are some of the thoughts I have kept as we've been processing the tragedy and unrest.
- To assume one has nothing in common with another is to believe a great lie.
- No leader, pastor, activist, or any person can eliminate the problem of racism. Each new generation must decide how people should be valued.
- It is unhelpful to say, "But I am not a racist". This removes oneself from the greater conversation and discards opportunities for reconciliation.
- For organizations, pledges of inclusion should contain actionable steps that employees can participate in.
- A commitment to inclusion can be just as beneficial for one's own culture as it can for marginalized cultures.
- As an imperfect man, I am most certainly not above racism. Intolerance is part of the disobedience I must daily surrender to God.
- I love myself to a near-obsessive degree. And still, I am commanded to love my neighbor as myself.
I encourage anyone not to let this season simply pass by, as if waiting out a storm. Reach out in boldness and care for those who especially need it, and see if your life doesn't change in the process.
Updated Jun 8, 2020.