Saturday, September 21, 2019

[No. 49] Love is Not Only for Those Like You

Love is not only for those like you. America, the Melting Pot, is known for her incredible diversity. But if I’m honest, a lot of people I’ve seen, stick to people just like them. Same culture, same color, same primary language, same socioeconomic level, same faith, same career, same… same… same.

Where’s the chance to learn from the incredible diversity around us if we never leave our comfort zones? Is it because it is easier to love people who are like us? Is this country more divided by diversity than united? Why do we let “sorry, I’m just ignorant” be an excuse when there are many resources out there from Google to your neighbors?

I’ve noticed there are still people out there who don’t know how to talk to me. They’ll bring up some fourth cousin that went to India for a week, and I’m like, bro, relax, just talk to me like a normal person. Sometimes, it’s not so funny.

When I read these article headlines (red AND blue), I think, wow, how did we get here? Such polarizing judgment, anger, and misery with no air to dialogue and deconstruct. And then I’m reminded of the example Jesus set for us. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13: 14.

Can you imagine if we all loved each other with such service and humility? If didn’t limit our love to those who were just like us?


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