- Updated: 16 January 2017
… I am reminded again today that social progress in racial relations, celebrated by honoring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., is often the result of individuals choosing to be friends. Today I will stand with a family at the graveside of their husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who lived such a life. My friend of over 30 years, Chuck C., died on January 3 and is being buried at Riverside National Cemetery today. He was accused of being “color blind” by a man of color, a poker buddy, at his Memorial Service held in a church last Friday morning.
Children of God must choose to live peacefully with the people in their lives, no matter the differences. Friendships, even those forged while strategically trying to take quarters from opponents at a poker table, are the key to progress in race relations. For me, it is service rendered in the support groups, offered at the bedside, and even in the benign competition of the links, that keeps me involved in the nations struggle with race relations.
Take a look at your life today. Are there people that you avoid because of differences that, perhaps with a little effort, you could become friends with? It has been my experience over the years that character is completely unassociated with skin color. It is a joy to grow friendships with people of like character, and that becomes so clear when we actually communicate. Jesus’ strategy to spread the gospel includes this kind of social progress in race relations.
For His glory,