Tonight on the National News, there was a clip on the protests of this past summer. By a feeling in my body, I remember how I prayed we would not let this movement for racial equality be one that fades away. I fear in so many ways that have happened yet again.
Several essential discussions are unfolding in the circles around me.
There is the one of racial equality and addressing white privilege.
There is the conversation of gender identity and inclusion. The questions that surround that both in our culture and our Faith feel critical to me.
There are discussions of political division, and how do we as a nation unite when the chasm feels so great?
There is hunger, abortion, poverty, and so many more areas of critical discussion.
Over the last year, I have learned that good people stand on both sides of an issue. However, I do not believe we can land there and call it good enough any longer. Somehow we have to venture out of our comfort zones to explore new space, perhaps conversations not yet had, to discover common ground not yet claimed.
Do we dare hope that there might be a way to venture into new spaces that heal our conflicts and discriminatory practices?
I have never been a fan of saying you should or you must. I believe the healthiest movement will unfold when we invite others to consider something fresh. We must stand together in uncomfortable spaces agreeing to consider something different from what we have clung to in the past.
It seems pretty clear to me that the people of Faith and maturity should lead this movement.
It is pretty discouraging to my heart to see how those mature people of Faith are often fueling the fire.
Lord, forgive us, heal us, and unite us!
Blessed be His Name.