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Issues With Faces
April 10

"If you could have offered me a pill to make me straight, I would have swallowed it before you could give me a swig of water." "If you had shown me exactly what it was that made me gay. I would have cut it out with a knife." These lines come from a political speech but this is far more than a political issue. 

It wasn't until I met people from the LGBTQ community that I really thought about their struggles, and when I met them, they said the same things as above, that they wished they were normal. How was it that they began to think about themselves this way? At some point someone had said that they didn't fit or that they didn't belong because of who they loved. This is much more than a political issue.

Over the weekend Kyle Korver, a white professional basketball player in Utah, wrote an article titled "Privileged." He wrote about the times when he had assumed the worst of his teammates because of the color of their skin. He wrote about an incident that has plagued him for four years when a teammate was arrested. But mostly he talked about how easy it would be for him to do nothing because of the color of his skin. That he could easily fade into the crowd of those who continue to spew racism when he knows what he should do. 

Quotes from a speech from someone who is running for president or an article that some might align with Black Lives Matter could easily come across as political, but it’s far more than that. This is about humanity, this is about justice, this is about life, and this is about what's right.

It's easy to ignore these issues when we only see the headline, or when they seem far-off, but when these issues have a face, all of a sudden, it’s harder to ignore. If there are "issues" that you are struggling with, I challenge you to put a face with those issues and then I challenge you to listen to their story. To hear what they have overcome and how they have been treated. Listen to the gut-wrenching stories about when they were mocked, ignored, or hated.  The words that had been used against them and the names that they have been called.  It’s by hearing those stories and putting faces with these distant issues that we begin to realize how important they are. 

This isn't a political issue; this is a faith issue. These issues remind us of our call to love everyone, that we are all God's children, and that we are obligated to care for one another. Maybe if we start living those lives, politics won't be so divisive and instead may become a way that we do care for one another.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: April 12, 2019 2:46 PM