I don’t know what it’s like to have bars on my windows. The streets here are safe. The worst crimes we endure are drugs. I have experienced racism from another race, but not to the degree of violence; and certainly not here in the Garden of Eden though I have witnessed some racism. I haven’t walked in your shoes.
Neither have you walked in mine. You don’t know my background. You don’t know if I am black or white or brown. All this talk of race, of #BlackLivesMatter or #BlueLivesMatter; all this debate and violence; what is this solving?
So I turned to Philippians 4:4-7:
Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! 5 Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 7 Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
So I began sharing stories (verified ones) of how people of all color gathered around a baby buggy to protect the baby from violence. I shared a story of a black woman and her son who told a police officer she hoped he would be safe and they would be praying for him. These are the stories people of all races should take joy in and celebrate.
Racism is ugly, but it is not everywhere. If you look for fault in someone, you will surely find it. My prayer, of course, is that stalwart leaders serve in troubled communities who have walked in that communities shoes; leaders who understand their cultural issues.
I won’t pretend I know what you are going through. Be gentle with all whom you come in contact. Can I pray for you? Do you want to talk to someone? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also direct message me on Twitter. They say I’m a good listener.
It’s time to stop being a victim and start taking stock of your life. Is there something you can change in your life right now to walk a different path? Can you talk to someone who can help you grieve or face the tough questions you find no answers to?