One of my teen daughters had friends come over to hang out. Our town and public school system are very diverse. One thing I really love about this town is that there are people from all types of backgrounds and we don’t all look the same.
This morning I was in our basement restroom and my heart stopped when I noticed the light switch cover in the bathroom. Beneath the silver duct tape is a confederate flag. We just moved about a year ago and the previous home owners were from Alabama. There were many hints of Southern culture left in this home.
My sweet daughter was worried that friends coming over with darker skin would be offended by the symbol of that flag.
It is difficult to put my emotional thoughts into words. Maybe that is why I feel compelled to sit and type this out.
First I felt a heart warming pride that my child considered the feelings of others. Out of respect of her and her friends I think I will just go purchase a new switch cover.
Second I felt a sadness. A sadness that greed led to slavery in our country. A sadness for all the life lost in war over the sinful greed. A sadness over the divisions there are just because of skin color all over our world.
Third I feel angry that we even have to be so politically correct and walk on egg shells because of hatred. If we all loved as we should there would be no such thing as political correctness.
Then lastly my thoughts and emotions turn to the symbol of the cross. The cross that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died on. It is a symbol of true freedom. A symbol of the freedom of the sin that enslaves us. The sin that has this world so broken and torn. Sin that has caused the hatred, greed and division. Jesus came to provide the one and only way to healing from sin that enslaves us. He came to this earth as a very poor helpless baby. Led a life without sin. He demonstrated the perfect way to love others from all walks. He demonstrated how to love the sinner and not fall to the temptation to sin. His name and the symbol of the cross causes an emotional stir in everyone. It may be love and thankfulness or hatred, but there is an emotion. For the cross and the name of Jesus I will not cowar to political correctness. It is by his name and what He did for us on the cross every human being can have true freedom and peace. He died for all people and for all sin. He rose again on the third day proving He is God.
1 John 4:7-11 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might love through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
As I waited in a hospital waiting room today to just have a routine preventive care exam I noticed a man making hand gestures to his phone. As I looked closer he was signing to a lady on his phone. The angle I had gave me the privilege of viewing them both as they communicated. It was beautiful. I was unable to assess who was deaf because they continued in this silent beautiful language. Not knowing sign language myself I had no idea what they were saying so I felt that my long and frequently looks that direction were less invasive. Their overcoming of an obstacle and a positive that has come from technology warmed my heart.
My prayer this morning pleaded with God to show me some beauty in this world. The injustices and oppression of innocence in our world has had me very down lately. Ultimately I know God is in control of all. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing everything I can and what God wants me to do to help the hurting and brokenness in our world. This was a reminder to continue to see human beings as Jesus sees them. To love at every opportunity. A reminder that God provides a way to overcome life’s obstacles.
There is such a focus on racism especially in the United States right now. To me it is greatly instigated by the news media and small hate groups that get big publicity. When I look at our country I see a huge melting pot of every nationality. I see more blended families than ever. I see families adopting children no matter the race or disability. When I am at work I see nurses of every color holding the hands of patients of all colors. The medical field has people from every color and nationality working together to provide care of others. In the everyday life of everyday working people striving to provide for their families there is not a problem of racism. By the way the people communicating by sign language were a different color of skin than me. They were beautiful. Human beings are beautiful no matter the color or disability. What has made this an ugly world is sin. The evil in a person’s heart.
We have a choice we can look at others with hate in our heart for any differences or we can look at others with love. The only true way to fully look at others with love comes from the love of Jesus Christ. He didn’t hang on the cross and say I am only dying for a certain color of skin, religion, or physical perfection qualities. No He died for all so that the greatest infliction that we all suffer from, sin, can be wiped away. So that our eyes, ears, and hearts can be fully opened to the truth. So that we can truly know what it means to be loved and to show love.
Romans 13:10 “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 John 4:7-11 “ Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”
I can’t say it better than God’s word. Allow the love of Jesus to fill your life and ask Him to help you see others the way He does. You will be amazed at the beauty that surrounds us in the people that surround us.