This morning our senior pastor delivered a sermon that brought forward a message that resonated with me and spoke out against discrimination in all of its forms. The title of the sermon was “Finding Common Ground: Recognizing our Brokenness”. In his sermon, Pastor Weeks lifted up a Facebook post of Ben Watson, Tight End for the New Orleans Saints. Ben published this post following the Ferguson Decision back in 2014. As Mr. Watson was sorting through his feelings regarding events on a larger scale that plague our communities and our lives, he made what I felt was a rather profound point. Once we strip away all of the noise surrounding racial discrimination, he posited that the problem is not a SKIN problem, but rather a SIN problem. He went on to write: SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lies to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. He then shares a powerful thought of ENCOURAGEMENT. Because God has provided a solution for sin through his son Jesus Christ and with it, we as HIS followers are capable of transforming hearts and minds.
As I thought about this reflection on discrimination, I thought about the broader implications of discrimination in all of its forms including discrimination against individuals that identify with the LGBTQ community. And in that reflection, I find myself ENCOURAGED. I’m encouraged that as followers of Jesus Christ that hearts and minds can be transformed and that with thoughtful consideration positive change can and will occur. Here’s to the days when we will be more accepting of one another and allow ALL people to live lives free of discrimination.
If you’d like to read Ben Watson’s FB post in its entirety, you’ll find it here.
— Maurice “Moe” Parisien