Saturday, November 19, 2016

People Are People

We are, all, the minority. Whatever class, or race, or religious affiliation ...we are a minority compared to the "human" race, which God established.

Traveling to Kenya several years ago, I came back with one overarching, and somewhat overwhelming, sense of matter where you go, or how different the culture, ...people are people. Traveling to New Orleans (on our way home now) that reality manifest itself strongly again, just watching life happen. In different circumstances, to be sure, but that truth remains ...people are people. Red, yellow, black, or white ...all are precious in His sight. We met a few strange characters, though far more kind, compassionate characters, and watched this melting-pot of a city, ebb & flow.

So I am, again, reminded.... from the impoverished in the inner-city of the land of the free the nearly destitute of an otherwise beautiful foreign land ...people are, still, people.

I challenge this. Dare... to stop and talk to those you feel are different than you, those whom you may be afraid to strike a conversation with. Even those you fear may want something which you fear you cannot give. Give them a chance to ask, then don't be afraid to be honest. A savvy street magician exemplified this truth. He said something like this (poorly quoted; his more effective)... "As we gather together to see what I'm doing we become a community. For a moment,  we're all on the same page."

Whatever differences you may have; political, social, personal, or otherwise, remember ...people are people. His people. Doesn't mean you become a door-mat or a sucker. Seek wisdom from God, who provides it. Be you. Be forthright. Exclaiming our differences reveals our personalities and passions. Doing so, with genuine love, demonstrates our willingness to be a part of a community larger than ourselves, or even those with whom we are uncomfortable. Would you be willing to find out you are wrong?

People are people.

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
- Psalm 139:14 

"So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.
- Genesis 1:27

Steve Terrell