Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my piano keyboard
Oh Lord, why don’t we?
The Paul McCartney song plays endlessly in my head as I read reports of the henious crime in Charleston. A crime that is in all probability a racial one. People take various sides in discussions about this. I’m proud of my blogger friends who wrote strong posts against racism.
(I urge you to read Sharon Greenthal’s post ‘What can one white woman do to change the world?’)
Then a few days later, happy news also out of the US. The Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a right nationwide. Colourful display pictures spread on Facebook to celebrate pride. And then I see questions and judgements flying around. “Does your rainbow DP mean you support gays?” “Obama is leading the US into sin.”
I share a picture from another blogger friend that very effectively says that Jesus never condemned gays (or anyone else). But I see one of her connections reacting to this with: ‘Perhaps Jesus didn’t say it, but His Father did!’ (What??)
I’m happy to read and share a note from the Jesuit priest, Fr Martin James:
The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with “respect, sensitivity and compassion.” But God wants more. God wants us to love. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.
Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives.
Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love.
Somewhere down the line, we’ve forgotten that religion was created to take us closer to God. A God who is all about connecting. A God who created us all equal.
“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
What will it take for us to remember that we are all connected? Nothing else makes sense!