We Are All Equal

August 30 “We are All Equal” John 13:16-20

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking about urban riots:  “. . .they are mainly intended to shock the white community, They are a distorted form of social protest.  The looting which is their principle feature serves many functions.  It enables the most enraged and deprived Negro to take hold of consumer goods with the ease the white man does by using his purse.  Often the Negro does not even want what he takes, he wants the experience of taking. But most of all, alienated from society and knowing that this society cherishes property above people he is shocking it by abusing property rights . . .’

At the heart of the riots is the alienation from society.  When I was removed from the church because of my sexuality and kept from getting a job, and knew that I was prevented from getting a decent job I became a prostitute, stole for the same reason. I understand, exactly what that feels like–to steal to touch, to feel something that you have no money for when those around you have everything, to steal to give a finger to a society that does not give a damn–I know exactly what that feels like, ,and I remember selling my body over and over for the same reason– but because of my being a privileged white male, with an education I was able to come back.. We need to look at ourselves–and look into the mirror–and see our racism, our selfishness in holding on so tightly to our possessions we can not share. 

As I came home today from my malaria treatment i saw people  on the street who were suffering and I felt guilty, so fucking guilty–for I have the insurance to pay for what I need, I have a place to stay, and for now the where with all to provide for myself and those I serve. I have been given a second chance, and the question I asked myself every time–suppose I was of a different color?  I am grateful for the second chance, I am grateful the people in my life who give so that I can serve, but the question always comes up from the bottom of my heart–suppose I was not white, suppose I had not been given the education I have?

People work in the “street economy” for the most part it is because they have no other choice. I worked in the “street economy” for three years–because I had no choice, but i also had the ability and the no how to get out of it.   This is nothing new-=-this is from time immemorial and until we learn to share equally–it will continue. We need to look around–and look–and asked ourselves the question: “What part am I playing in this?” for none of us are clean. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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