I posted the following on my personal Facebook page and feel like I am supposed to share it here as well. (I did edit it a bit and added a few more thoughts before posting it here.)
I’m saddened and angry by the racist rally in my home state. (Though I have lived in Pennsylvania for nineteen years now, I’ll always be a Virginian at heart. 🙂 ) Racism is wrong! As a Christian, I passionately believe that one cannot be a true follower of Christ and a racist. All men, women, and children are created equal. Jew, Gentile, Muslim, Hindu, Buddist, Asian, African, Hispanic, black, white, brown, etc. We *all* were created in the image of God. Christ gave His life for each of us—all people of all walks of life. He wept, endured torture, suffered terribly, and died for every single person on earth. All of us are precious jewels in his eyes. Racism comes from the heart of Satan and the pit hell itself.
I wrote my poem, “Unity,” a few years ago and feel it fits today. The first stanza reads:
Together we march,
God’s flower garden.
You can read the rest here.
We are only strong when we stand firm, together, in unity. A nation divided against itself is destined to fall. A nation filled with disunity, hate, selfishness, greed, unforgiveness, and lack of mercy and grace is doomed to fail. Only when we realize that all people and all lives are precious, that dialogue (which includes listening more and talking less) about the huge issues is important, and that it’s okay to not agree on every single issue, only then is there hope for my nation to thrive. Only when we realize that not everyone will agree with us on every single issue and that those who disagree with us are just as smart, important, and worthy of love as we are…only when we value the other person as much as we value ourselves and honor them enough to listen to their point of view and see them and their dissenting point of view worthy of respect even though we disagree…only then is there hope for our nation to thrive. Unity = love, respect, honor, forgiveness…those are the foundations for a strong nation. Disunity = racism, hate, disrespect, scorn, unforgiveness, and anarchy and sadly this is where I see my nation heading.
“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.” 1 John 4:7-8 NIV