Thank you Donald Sterling for reminding all of us that words matter. Thank you for reminding us that we absolutely have the right to free speech in our nation. And that freedom brings with it the right of others to respond in whatever way they see fit. Thank you for reminding us that there is ignorance left in this world. Thank you for reminding us that we have so much work to do.
This extremely obvious form of racism will perhaps pull back the veil a bit from the underlying racism that exists so much in our global society today. I am talking about something bigger than an NBA owner expressing his soul-deep racist thoughts. I am talking about our ability to see the suffering of those of other races, other regions, other religions, other societies and simply turn a blind eye. This racism is far more damaging than the ignorant thoughts of an old man who owns a basketball team. It costs lives.
A lyric from a Dave Matthews song is very convicting:
Late at night with TV’s hungry child
His belly swells
Oh, for the price of a coke
Or a smoke
I could keep alive
Those hungry eyes.
We could comment today on the shocking racism that took place during the slave trade in the United States. We look back on our own history of slavery and ask the question of how good self-proclaimed Christians could have owned slaves? It goes against everything in the Bible. How could we have been so blind. David Platt describes this as a blind spot.
What about today? Will we look back on ourselves in 200 years and ask the question of how so many millions of good self-proclaimed Christians could have virtually hoarded food in their pantries to the point over overflowing but allowed children on the other side of the world to literally starve. How can this blind spot exist today?
The government should solve this.
No. I reject this premise.
The government does it’s best to solve poverty but it always fails. The government is trying desperately to do something that Christ called us to do ourselves. I wrote about this a lot in my post called Subcontracting Christianity. We are asking the government to fill our role here and we become upset when it fails. But we are the only reason the government is pushed to try to solve this problem anyway. We are the ones who left our desks and the work piled up. This is our job.
So let’s do our job. Today please take 15 minutes to stop what you are doing and decide what you can do to help someone in need so the government doesn’t have. Giving money is good. But think of something you can do beyond giving money. This is harder, but more impactful. A friend of mine actually travels to impoverished nations and delivers food. Hands on. No more pretending. He’s riding a bicycle over one thousand miles in a month to raise funds for it. He is not playing around.
For the price of a Coke. Or a smoke. Keep alive those hungry eyes. There are people who read this blog who are themselves almost going hungry and would not possibly have money to spare. But they have something to spare. We all have something to spare.
In the end Donald Sterling doesn’t really matter. But he is a mirror that we can look into to expose something we thought was not in us. He can motivate us to change not just the conversation about racism, but the reality that it takes on children around the world. Donald Sterling could be a catalyst for something in our lives.
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We were built to be heroes. It’s about time we started acting like heroes.