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This blog would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to honor the great Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m going to be really honest: there is a level of self-consciousness and discomfort that I feel as a middle class, American, white girl, talking about this unequivocally important day in history, but particularly black history.
I feel uneasy, because this was not my fight. I have had the privilege of never having to face prejudice, or racism, or unequal treatment, simply based on the color of my skin.
And thinking about the ultimate sacrifice that MLK Jr. paid, fighting for the basic human rights that every single person should possess, I am just humbled and honestly, ashamed that this great country failed so despicably hard, less than a generation ago.
I cannot even begin to A) comprehend the plight faced by black and people of color during the era of Jim Crow and segregation. B) Pay proper respect and admiration to a man so brave and stalwart in conviction. C) Express the disappointment in my heart for the actions of a torn and broken America that systematically sought to suppress the liberties and rights of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, simply because of skin color.
So instead, I am going to draw on one of my favorite MLK Jr. quotes:
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
I’m going to India next month. And for the first time, really, ever, I am going to feel, first hand, what it truly is like to be in the minority.
And I’m going to be honest: there’s a lot about this trip that terrifies me:
First: the fact that you can’t drink the water, or eat fresh foods that have been washed in the water. That eliminates literally every single food I eat on my therapeutic diet for my Ulcerative Colitis. I am going to be living off of Larabars and trail mix for 10 days.
Secondly: I’m nervous about the bathrooms. I’m envisioning holes in the ground, a la Slumdog Millionaire. Let’s just say, mama needs her Charmin Ultra Soft double-ply.
I’m scared about the crazy driving situations. Getting sun burned. Being awkward at the wedding or doing something culturally insensitive. I’m nervous about malaria or picking up some sort of rare disease that my 6 vaccines failed to cover.
But you know what I’m not nervous about?
Yeah, I’m going to be probably the only white girl at this wedding.
But you know what? People are people are people.
And each person is a beautiful, intricate masterpiece, crafted by our One, loving Father.
Sure, they’re going to speak a different language, and wear clothing that looks different from what I’m used to. And they’ll have different customs and traditions. Yeah, they’ll eat different foods than I do, and live differently. But there are things that unite us all.
Things that MLK knew too.
A person’s heart is the same, no matter the color of their skin, the country they call home, the religion they practice, or the language they speak.
And that heart deserves love. And respect. And all the things we take for granted in this country.
I am excited to experience a new expression of God’s creativity, as seen in the vibrant cultures and music and heritage in India.
Everywhere we go, every person we meet, shows a glimpse of God’s heart and God’s character. After all, we are all reflections of His perfect love. And so that’s one thing I’m not afraid of.
MLK led such a powerful example of living that out, even when it was dangerous. Even when he faced resistance. Even when the mountain of pushback seemed insurmountable. He shone his light. He was that light in the darkness.
I’d be naive to think that the fight is over. Sadly, there are still people with hatred or ignorance in their hearts. And I pray for those people.
Because at the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters, formed and loved by the same God.
John 13: 34 – A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
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