Whose Side Are You On?

A week ago, in South Carolina, a troubled, angry, hateful person walked into a Church and committed an atrocity. In the week that has followed, I have watched people from all walks of life pointing fingers. I have heard people from all over our “nation” act in division and hostility. I have seen people who have spent their lives in “The North” casting judgement on “The South” and people of no religion casting judgement on those who are clinging to the Cross. I have watched people who live in some of the least diverse geographies of the US pointing out the so-called failures in race relations here, in the South, which is home to some of the most diverse communities in the country. People are taking to their keyboards from the safety of their all white neighborhoods and spitting hateful judgements at those of us who live in communities that are home to people of all colors, religions, and socio-economic  classes. In the week that has passed, I am watching people argue over flags. They are arguing over statues. They are arguing over political parties. They are arguing over guns. They are arguing over, quite frankly, everything.

I ask you – whose side are you on?

A week ago, in South Carolina, a troubled, angry, hateful person walked into a Church and committed an atrocity. His motivations were clear. His words have been heard. That troubled, angry, hateful person has told you for himself – he wanted to start a civil war. Do you want to keep fighting? Keep arguing? Keep judging and pointing fingers, or do you want to make it clear that you are not on the side of a lunatic who believes we need a civil war?

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