Well folks, after a week spent on the topic of racism I can truthfully say I know no more about this than when I started. I spent a good deal of time on today’s Catch and it ended up in the trash. It wasn’t right. I was talking about something I thought I understood — something someone else said that made sense to me, but I realized I do not have a good enough handle on it to pass it on to you. I looked over what I wrote and realized I didn’t know what I was talking about.
I can tell you this from this week. Race relations are complicated and in some form or another, I think we are all racists. Some of it we see, and can do something about; some of it we don’t see, and that’s a lot harder to deal with since we are blind to it in the first place.
So to give us something to think about today, I am going to borrow a Catch comment from Bob (near Seattle) when he wrote: “Even though Jesus’ blood cleanses us from our sins, we still have daily opportunities to behave either like pious priests who avoid getting involved, or like despised Samaritans who help heal the wounds of strangers.”
Either we avoid getting involved, or we step in and do something to heal. This will mean different things to different people, but lets look for places where we can bring some healing to society instead of more division.