From Judy Todd
A couple of things have struck me over the past few weeks. The first was when I was helping Calvin with his history work for school. He is looking at the Atlantic Slave Trade. Racial inequality is being highlighted and discussed on the news and across social media because of what is happening in America and it made me think that even though slavery itself is illegal, we haven’t actually learned that much from what happened. Why are people still being treated differently because of the colour of their skin? Why do some white people think that they are superior? Why is it so hard for us to accept that we are all equal, created by God and loved regardless of who we are?
The second thing that made me stop and think was a quote by the writer and theologian, Thomas Merton.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business, and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbours worthy.”
We all have different opinions and ideas. Some we have formed ourselves, some are as a result of how we have been brought up or the circumstances we have found ourselves in but that does not give us the right to judge other people or be disrespectful towards them. It’s okay not to agree with someone. We can still love people and not have the same opinion or make the same choices, and we need to be an example to other people in this. My Papa was a wise and godly man. His favourite bible verse, and how he tried to live his life, was Micah 6:8.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Injustice and inequality are not okay. I like to think that I am fairly non-judgemental and accepting of others, but I have come to the conclusion that this is not enough. God requires us to take a stand. To use the same quote that David used in his sermon, “Your ‘yes’ to God requires your ‘no’ to all injustice.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) That means doing something. I am not exactly sure what that looks like, but I think it is time I learned.