Equality is a Wave We Should Ride

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.

Right or Correct?

There are easy ways to find the correct thing do in every situation. Consult a rule book, instruction manual, witticism, or convenient bit of hearsay, and you are golden.

Finding the right thing to do in a given situation may not be so easily discerned. True, the right and the correct thing to do often are one in the same; that is not always the case.

if you’ve ever read Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, you’d understand. In the book, Huck has the chance to free his friend, Jim, from slavery. However, in the culture in which he lived, it was considered unlawful, even sinful to do so. “All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” he replied. This was not an easy decision, as to do so would force him onto the lamb himself. Still, he felt morally obligated to do so.

Jesus Himself was notorious for doing this, being chided again and again by the self-righteous rulers of the day for doing what, in their mind’s eye, were unlawful acts. Yet, Jesus insisted that HE “did not come to abolish [the Law and the Prophets] but to fulfill them.”

Is this hypocrisy, irony, or something else entirely?

In C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, our main character, Aslan, dies in his friend, Edmund,’s stead (as was required by the law), but in doing so, Aslan cracks the Stone Table in twain, and He rises again.

There’s the rub: all these characters are, as Cervantes’s Don Quixote would say, “willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.” When they come out the other side, they have not changed what is technically correct, but rather redefined it, even superseded it. Such an action is not to be taken lightly, as change and paradigm shifts never occur with ease, but great things occur in and through them.

Application: In this life, you will sometimes be given a choice between the correct and the right thing to do. Dig deep before choosing your path. It may lead you to uncharted territory, but territory that you will not walk alone!

In All Honesty

In all honesty, I’m unworthy to wake up tomorrow.

In all honesty, my mistakes have disqualified me from glory.

In all honesty, God forgave and forgives me in spite of me.

In all honesty, He works with me each and every day, encouraging me on.

In all honesty, I stand before you today because He is good, though I am not,

and, if you are broken, He will work to make you well.