We have taken time to observe and ponder the events of the past several weeks. It has been instructive to watch and listen to what is being said and done as individuals, groups and organizations absorb and react to, our nation’s current events. There are various opinions on roots of the turmoil–and causes and cures–but the theme we see replaying is that when you dehumanize people so you don’t see them, you can do anything to them. This is, in fact, the essence of using children for sex, brutalizing another human being, destroying another person’s livelihood, and of racism. We would do well to go back to the Bible’s two greatest commands—to love God and love our neighbor. We neighbors are not loving each other very well right now. Faith without works is dead, and the work (or action) in these times for those of us who claim the Christian faith is to work against the injustice of dehumanizing others. There is certainly more than one way to do that.
In this conversation, Linda Smith founder of Shared Hope and Rev. Dr. Marian Hatcher have an unfiltered discussion about these very things.