I’m so sick of hatred!
We hear and read of it every day, and it’s toxic.
Tell me, with a straight face, that nothing, absolutely nothing, on this list makes you see red:
Gays, Lesbians and Transgenders
Gun control proponents
Anyone of a different color
Anyone who doesn’t speak English
Especially sex offenders
And that’s just a list off the top of my head. I know that you can add more.
To counter that, as we come to the end of this week, I offer two suggestions.
First, regardless of your feelings about the Christian faith, grab a Bible, or if you don’t have one just Google I Corinthians 13. It’s time to re-read the words from St. Paul, a man who---prior to a dramatic change in his life---hated Christians so much that he supervised, participated in and witnessed their killings.
I was taught to love this passage by an itinerant black preacher named Cy Young. In his big voice, I can still hear him say: “Douglas, I want to be able to give a good answer when my life is over and Jesus asks me what I did to improve our relations with white people.” Cy had the gift of recitation, and his words from this passage have more relevance today than ever:
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It is not rude
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrong-doing.
And second, if you’re within driving distance, make your plans now to attend a community discussion next Thursday, September 24, at 7 PM in Grand Haven’s Lakeshore Middle School. Two beautiful people, Jennifer Thompson-Canino and Ronald Cotton will personally share their moving story, as told in their best-seller PICKING COTTON. It’s a story that we need today more than ever---a story of love, and redemption, and forgiveness.
And please don’t grumble about the $25 ticket price. All program expenses have been covered by a group of generous sponsors, so this money actually amounts to on-going support of HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS, which I am proud to say, extends compassion to a segment of society that feels hated and unwanted. If you honestly cannot afford it, I’ll buy you a ticket.
I’ll plan to see you there.
…the greatest of these is love.