I realize some people have a difficult time believing that unconditional love is possible. That is my point of this post: with all the hate and the acceptance of this hate in the world, we are have become numb to the slightest possibility that unconditional love can happen. I believe that is the only way racism - or hate - can be conquered.
Let me express what I believe unconditional love involves. Sure it is everything the Bible says about love, e.g. love is patient, love is kind, God is love, etc. You can find a definition of love in popular dictionaries around the world. However, I believe unconditional love goes beyond what is commonly comprehensive. Everyone strive to gain knowledge, to be the smartest, the wisest. I have come to learn that those achievements do not matter if unconditional love is not the top priority. Once you obtain knowledge, you have to know how to apply that knowledge to help others. In order to successfully help others, you need to provide unconditional love. For example, a patient does not rate their doctor as a great doctor unless they have felt loved unconditionally. The doctor has have the best college degree, conducted seminars around the world, and more. But a doctor who loves unconditionally is more successful than one who does not. When the patient go in for the exam, this type of doctor speaks to them, take their time to listen and understand. The doctor did not pass the patient off as the same patient that they always examine. The patient knew they were not being labeled like every body else. Because of this type of interaction, the patient will tell their friends they have the best doctor in the world.
Racism is another form of hate. The world has tried to make it seem like it does not exist or that it a personal preference. Favoritism or privilege are more common titles used to mask the truth of how hate still does exist. The truth is: we all have dealt with some level of hate. The issue is hate causes a negative reaction that often times is harmful. Maybe not harmful in the beginning but if it lingers and festers, it will morph into something that will come to surface. By the time it reaches the surface, it has developed deep roots that will be difficult to stop from growing. This is what we are facing now. For centuries, hate has been lingering and festering; developed deep roots. Most of us cannot explain how or when the hate was planted; it was taught as though it was the norm.
My prayer is that we all stop teaching hate -- or continue to plant and water seeds of hate. We start to plant and water unconditional love. For example, it is not necessary to say, 'I don't see color or race.' No -- see the color of my skin -- I am not ashamed I am black! Just unconditionally love my black skin. Unconditionally love that I make mistakes and I fall short of God's glory just like every body else. I do not fall short of His glory because I am black -- I fall short because I am human that just so happened to be wrapped in black skin. God created me that way and He said it was good! Unconditional love is possible -- we just have to know how to properly plant it so it grows.
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Question: How do you plan to plant seeds of unconditional love to help conquer racism? Leave a comment below.