Selfishness and indifference indicate an extreme failure to love our neighbors as ourselves.
When we approach the people around us, in the media, on the road, in the government, at the protests, on Twitter, in line… all of it… when we approach EVERYONE offering the kind of love and care that we would prefer to receive if the roles were reversed…
THAT is when we can see true change.
I get a gut-check on this frequently. Am I handling this or that situation with love? Am I looking at the heart of the person or just reacting to the situation? How uncomfortable am I willing to be for the sake of someone else?
In our me-me-me society, we fail to sit back and consider other people.
But the bible says WE are the most valuable thing to God, and I’ve seen this echoed in other religions I’ve studied. The old testament book of Psalms even says we are the crown of God’s creation.
We so easily, so quickly forget this.
We forget to treat each other as inherently valuable. We forget to treat each other with love.
We forget to see each other as being crowned by God. We forget the divine royalty in every other person on this earth.
We forget… because we approach people from our heads.
When we can make the shift and approach people from our hearts, that’s when real change can occur.
We can’t address the issue of racism with our minds. We have to address it with our hearts.
We can engage our minds in the study of history, in the dedicated efforts to listen and understand, in the push to edify those around us who have been torn down, cast aside, and dismissed for centuries.
But we have to come to these discussions and these actions from a place of love, and of understanding that we are all loved… valuable… crowned.
Kings and Queens, you might say.