Do you remember how you responded after the shock of 9/11 waned enough for you to stand up and walk again? If you were like me, you went out and found an American flag and taped it to your car window. I put a tiny flag on my desk and looked up the rules for the proper displaying of the flag. I made sure the flag I flew in front of my house never got wet in the rain, was put up at sunrise and came down at sunset.
I was just like most Americans in that there was not much else I could do besides pray for our safety, to show the terrorists that we were not afraid and we would not give in to their threats and their show of hatred toward America.
But that was all I could do.
That was then. THIS IS NOW.
We have a much more tangible way to respond to the displays of anger, hatred, and evil in the world around us. And this is what I am going to do:
In response to racial anger and resentment, I will demonstrate to every person I meet, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE:
and the Grace which I have received from God in abundance.
In response to stories and accusations of bias, injustice, unfair practices, hype, and propaganda, I will remind everyone who will listen, that we are all to blame and the only correct course of action is to STOP. Stop, turn around, and do the opposite: I will continue to be an ambassador for Christ and demonstrate 1) Love of God and 2) Love of Everyone.
An appropriate response to this assault on humanity is to show that WE WILL NOT DO LIKEWISE.
The buck stops here. The hate stops at my door. The attacks, accusations, lies, and slander stop at my mouth.
I will not spread or return anything but love, kindness, charity, compassion, understanding, and a whole shit-load of patience and forgiveness…so help me God.
(And I mean that, God…You’re going to have to help me.)