Every time I open up the Bible, I cannot help but notice the number times it commands to love the people around us. We’re told to love our enemies, our neighbors, our spouses and the world alike (Mark 12:31). But while the Bible is pretty crystal clear on relentlessly loving those we come across on a daily basis, it seems that many of us have come to make justifications as to why we don’t need to showcase love the way Jesus intended us to.
Let me start this post by saying how sorry I am that it’s taken me almost 30 years to personally digest the reality of racism in our country. Let me apologize for never truly seeing what was taking place right in front of me. And, let me admit my fault in keeping quiet as a white, male pastor when hate and harm affected the lives of millions each and every day that passed, all while I had a platform to bring light to this horrific situation. I’m sorry. This not an apology for being white, but instead an apology for being a white man who had yet to publicly standing up against the injustice directed towards my brothers and sisters of all ethnic backgrounds.
Each year comes with a new set of goals and the remembrance of the one’s you didn’t reach the year prior. Health, finances and relationships are all topics that will trend high on the resolution charts. But while all these goals are valid and important, I believe there is one goal we could all benefit from greatly; It’s to be more vulnerable.