My mom and sister and I finished watching South Pacific the other night. We’d started it a while ago, after I gave it, along with two other classic Rodgers and Hammerstein DVDs, to my sister for her birthday, but with the busyness of life lately we’d hadn’t yet seen the second act.
And it seems that those who should lead in reaching toward healing, in holding out our hands to one another, especially across the “color line,” are God’s people. Followers of the Lord Jesus, who prayed Himself—and so I know it will be answered, someday:
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” ~John 17:22-23
So let’s ask the Lord to work, in this sensitive time in our nation. Let’s ask Him to bring good out of heartbreak and hate and use it, somehow, to draw His people together. To help us be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry…to be willing to see from another’s perspective. As my friend has reminded me before, racial division, and the striving for reconciliation, is at its core a spiritual battle. It’s not one that can be solved by laws or reason alone, or even being “carefully taught.”