For most of this year and on occasion last year I have strive to develop a clear and easily message that can be incorporated into everyday practice; Consider Others. It’s been difficult at times and finds my patience being tested by some brash, self-centered, inconsiderate and intolerable individuals. Although I may want to belittle them and illustrate how unsocialized and uncivilized they are, I have to pull away from it. I don’t always succeed at it, but I do try not to be as verbally vicious as I would like to be at times. I try to consider others, even when I strongly disagree with the position they’ve taken.
If people just would make a genuine effort to consider others instead of themselves only perhaps the world wouldn’t be so bad. Many people are more willing to lie to themselves about how tolerant and inclusive and my favorite “colorblind” they are, but do nothing to back up those claims. It’s just words without meaning.
I say this, because this story about two Baptist Churches in Louisville, KY (a city in which I’m somewhat familiar with) one in which was predominately Black and the other White had the mind to merge. This is just one of the things I’ve been harping on forever about. I absolutely love this story. This is what it’s all about. When you listen to this interview, you got to listen to what is not being said to get the depth of the story behind all of this.
For those who have regularly followed this blog should have an understanding by now that I have infinity for any serious conversation about race and religion. So when I learn about a story that speaks about both race and religion at the same time you usually will capture my attention.
I urge you to pay attention to the both of these interviews, because it tells a larger story and the significance of this merger. I can and will in another post in days to come go into brief detail about the role the church and in particular Christians have played in the separation of the church. I’m sure I will get some hate emails on that one, but few rebuking the facts. Until then I ask you to listen to these two interviews and get ready for an interesting conversation. 🙂NPR: Tell Me More – 08/28/09 “Black & White Churches Merge in Louisville” NPR: Tell Me More – 08/28/09 “Southern Baptist Apologizes for Slavery Stance”