I know there’s been a lot hitting us on the media and in our neighborhoods. I know we have a mass mix up of feelings – from outrage to confusion to sadness to loss of hope to cries for change to feeling the need to take a “side.”
In the riots of Baltimore last year, I had the honor of hearing a lot from both “sides” – police and Black. I didn’t hear either the police or the Black folks I know speak in only one direction. In other words, it’s complicated. If the issues were plain and easily fixable, it would be easier to speak, dream and act.
Smarter people than me have spoken. But people – whites, Blacks, Latino, whatever – still worry – and hurt.
So, I believe the most important thing to say and remember is to “not freeze.” It’s a temptation when overcome by so much, to “hole up in our little cave” and form an opinion in ourselves which binds our heart from new possibilities. I believe a new day IS coming.
The Lord promised that the Lion would lay down with the Lamb – that 2 things which seem opposed to each other, and even very unequal in strength and power – will be at peace, unified in peace.
Here’s what we overhear God proclaiming:
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
Isaiah 11:6, NIV
Keeping our eyes focused on where we are headed, we have to look at where we’ve been and where we’ve come from. It’s important that White people reflect and educate themselves. We can become embroiled in what we think we know – or what we actually experienced – and shut down to change. God is a God of changing hearts. I find I need to educate myself and ask a profound question: Have I been a part of the problem or a part of the solution?
Here’s one video which I think is a good place to start. Let me know what you think – on Facebook, here.