I don’t even know how to start this post. This is a hard conversation.
We all have prejudices.
Prejudice is defined as, “preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.”
We all have prejudices because we are imperfect human beings. To deny prejudice is to deny sin and brokenness.
And before we begin any conversation, we need to recognize brokenness in ourselves. We need to recognize prejudice in ourselves.
Before the conversation begins we need to repent of the sin and the brokenness in ourselves.
We cannot speak up on any issue or event unless we first recognize our sin, repent and receive the forgiveness that God has so freely given to us.
Secondly, we need to fall to our knees in prayer. God is in control and the power of prayer is beyond our comprehension. In the midst of tragedies that we cannot possibly understand, God is our refuge and peace.
Finally, as I heard it worded so eloquently, “we need to come to these conversations with a posture of listening and compassion.”
The events of the recent past in Baltimore and this past week in Charleston very clearly show me that the color of my skin gives me privilege and makes it more difficult for me to truly understand. These events share with me that history has repeated itself and we still have a problem with racism in this country. The tragedy of innocent lives lost and hatred so great that people are willing to kill, reminds me that we are all at fault.
Tragedies impact us all differently, whether we are directly involved or processing it from a distance. And while we certainly have the freedom of speech, more important is how we listen and respond to what we have heard.
How will you posture yourself?
I will be on my knees first, seeking God’s mercy and comfort.