Dear June 4th, 2020 world,
It has taken me a while to write, for fear of saying something that will be wrong or worse, misconstrued, taken as something it’s not or stretched into something different.
So, here I am, prayed up, praying while I’m doing this…
I am the wife of a good, good man. He just happens to be a police officer and a white man. My entire family is white. I came from white parents, my grandparents were white, I’m white as they get.
Does all this mean I don’t love people of color (is that the term I’m supposed to use? I am sorry if it’s not) and I am absolutely, exclusively a white-lover? Let me answer that with more information…
I cannot sit here as a white-as/they-get woman and tell anyone of a different color that I understand their plight. I can only tell you where I stand and how I hope to help this world change.
I am a Christian. I follow Christ who is love. Love is my above all FAVORITE. Peace is a close second, but actually they both go hand in hand. As for love, I want to show love, I want to be loved, I want people around me to feel they are immensely loved no matter how they look or even act (the act part is the hardest to get passed especially when we are treated less than wonderful —I know, you know what I’m saying). I want others to know that I love them. I love them, because God made them. On top of that, I want them to know Jesus and experience a love that is far better than any other found on this earth. It’s an amazing love that surpasses our understanding even on those days that we are feeling our smartest. Although it’s so complex and hard to understand or grasp, it’s also so very simple. It’s a simple gift that all we have to do is accept. What a crazy concept, right? No strings, no, “Here’s yours, where’s mine.” –concept… It’s free! And not only is it free, but it frees you! It prompts us to love others in that exact same way. Jesus went to a cross for us. I’m not saying I am willing to do that for you (that would take a whole other level of commitment…wow!), but I am willing to go above and beyond to show you love. I will never be at Jesus’ status, but I will strive all my life to show kindness, humility, empathy, sympathy and most of all, LOVE (love goes with all the former listed, I believe). When we can all do everything with a love that is bigger than ourselves, this world will change in every aspect we would like to see it change. It’s not about what politician you think is correct, it’s not about what color your skin is, what you do for a living, how you were raised, where you are on whatever status ladder you look at…it’s about treating others as you want them to treat you. Do I want others to stand up for me, to protect me, to support and help me? Why yes, yes I do! (note: we can help each other without totally agreeing) Then I must do that for others. If we can ALL do this for each other, what an awesome world this would be! It must start with you, not the other one who did you wrong. You can’t make them change. You can only control how you act yourself so, why not start there!?
So, in saying all of this, I hope I answered that first question up there.
I love everyone, because Jesus first loved me.
I want everyone to get that gift and hold it in their heart forever.
So, when we do leave this crazy world which isn’t our true home anyway, we can all be unified singing God’s praises together.
A concerned, yet covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, citizen of earth.