There has been a lot of discussion about race, racism, and race relations lately. Talking about race makes us uncomfortable. So, we don’t talk about it. And therein lies the problem. We should be talking about it. That is how we learn. That is how we improve things.
We don’t pretend to have all the answers at The Tavern, but our goal is to do our best to find them and then live them. We don’t always succeed. But, if we look to Jesus for guidance, we can find our way when we’re lost and forgiveness when we fail.
A great lesson in race and race relations can be found in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In this week’s Tavern Talk, we dissect the story to look for clues as to how we should view and treat race. We find two primary takeaways.
1. We must love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. And love our neighbors as ourselves.
This is something we must address in our individual hearts and minds. It takes work and effort. But it is up to us.
2. We must take action.
We must do something. It isn’t enough to get our minds and our hearts right. We must put our thoughts and feelings into action.
How do we do that? Who knows the opportunities that we might have or create. The possibilities are endless. But we must be prepared to see them and seize them. We must be willing to take a step and a stand.
Through God all things are possible.