For better or worse, I have always lived my life trying to please other people.
Ok, maybe there’s more worse to that than better.
It has led to a tendency to be a diplomat and a bit false sometimes. I can say what I think people want to hear, and I don’t like ruffling feathers.
So I have only on rare occasion posted anything online about politics or religion. But that stops today. This is too important.
I’m a white male who was raised in the south. For far too long I have been blind to my own racial prejudice. Not overt racism, but a subtle lack of understanding. Over the last few years, I have worked hard to find my blind spots and correct them. I’ll never be done, but I’m trying.
I’m also a Christian. I believe the Apostle Paul when he says in the book of Galatians
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28
In the context of the surrounding verses, Paul is not talking about differences between races and genders not existing. They do exist, and should be celebrated. Rather, Paul says we are all sinners. None is better than the other. The grace provided to us on the cross of Christ is not provided on merit, race, or gender. It is freely provided out of love. Who am I to look at someone and think I’m better than them when I’m in need of grace just as much, if not more than them?
And so I want to say publicly that I will not tolerate racism or hatred. I spend my days teaching to make sure that all children, regardless of background, race, gender, or religion have the opportunity to be successful. I will stand up to those who do not share that view.
Last weekend in Charlottesville was not “good people on both sides.” It was evil, and I don’t want my children or my students to grow up in a world where that’s accepted. I want their generation to not have to see events like this past weekend happen again. And while I’m afraid that may not happen until Jesus comes back, I’m going to do my part while I’m here to make that a reality.