If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. 3 If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever. 4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. 9 We know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things. 12 Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 13 Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 CEB
Love is not happy with injustice. Again, this sounds so obvious. But guess what? It isn’t!
I’ve been on the road traveling to and from Atlanta because of my mom’s declining health and eventual death. I have listened to a lot of sports radio on the trips Pete was with me. During the preseason football season, a quarterback by the name of Colin Kaepernick sat in silent protest during the pregame singing of the national anthem. Tomorrow I will share his perspective on the decision to protest. Today, I want to say that many people have been all over the place with their response to his actions. Many felt he was disrespectful; others said rich guys like him should shut up; others said it didn’t matter whether or not he had money, if he got pulled over for driving a $100,000.00 car his skin tone would mean that he would be more likely to be asked where he got the car than complimented on how sweet his ride was.
One person in particular caught my attention. Jemele Hill spoke eloquently during a segment called “His and Hers” on ESPN radio. She pointed out that we need to listen and learn from one another. She talked about how the symbols of our country may be received differently depending on one’s race. The documents that declared our freedom did not initially declare freedom for all, did they? Her balanced and decidedly patriotic viewpoint was tempered by a call to listen to others. She reminded us that whether or not we agree with what Kaepernick did, isn’t it what we ask of all Americans? Don’t we want people who have privilege and a voice to speak on behalf of those who do not? Isn’t this the American way? To stand up for the marginalized and disenfranchised? We are called to be unhappy with injustice. This is uncomfortable and awkward. But even if we disagree on the way Kaepernick protested, his nonviolent protest was done on behalf of those who are being oppressed. This is our responsibility. Whoever, wherever, whenever anyone anywhere is being treated unfairly, our job is to be unhappy with injustice. It’s also ok to be unhappy with Kapaernick…but what is NOT ok is for us to be complacent about injustice.
To be continued….