I have moved to a new land.
Once, I was unaware of myself,
of the color of my skin-
Yes, I was vaguely aware-
now I am painfully so.
I see my brothers and sisters
pledge violence against me,
even though I am one of them.
How can this be?
How can my own people ride on horses,
wielding spears of hate?
They say they do not hate, that they love.
They are only against those people,
and not me;
yet, I acknowledge that
in the heat of the moment, there is no separation.
In the fury of battle,
the sword swings broadly;
it takes no prisoners.
I pray that we all would have eyes to see
that there are no “those.”
We are only ourselves.
If your neighbors are your enemies,
then all are enemies,
and if your neighbors are friends,
then all are friends.
For that reason, this is my plea:
that we tear down the Walls of Division;
that race and gender and language melt away;
and that we would unite as one people
in Christ and under Christ and for Christ
forever and ever. Amen!
For, until we have equality,
there can be no peace.