Don’t leave me! Don’t leave me! I promise this isn’t about what you think it is. For as long as I can remember, Proverbs 31 has been used to teach about the “wife of noble character.” In fairness, that’s what verses 10-31 are about. tIt’s a good thing. It’s a great model to follow! But there are directives for men in here that tend to get overlooked.
The story of the paralyzed man being healed does not expressly state that these men who carried him were his friends. We come to this conclusion because of what they cared about; and consequently, what they couldn’t have cared less about. Well how do you know what they did or did not care about? Funny you should ask. There’s a simple axiom that explains it all: “Actions speak louder than words.”
The song Ex-Factor isn’t quite the romance any of us truly desires to have. This is more of an it’s complicated/situation-ship saga. Regardless of our track record or current relationship status, many of us fancy ourselves relationship experts. Often, it seems those who should be doing the most listening are actually the ones doing the most talking. Nonetheless, this song paints the picture of a relationship that most of us would rather not find ourselves on the non-reciprocated end of.
Everyone knows about love languages. I see it all the time, on Twitter… people proclaiming their love language. Insisting theirs makes the most sense. Suggesting there’s got to be something wrong with people whose love language is that one, or this other one. Some people have made up love languages too. Like, wings. Wings is not one of the options. Stop it. Lol (wings are good, tho)
I’m only doing what had to be done lol …just roll with it. Entanglements are easy. The Bible says they are. So while it’s easy to get laughs and criticize the choice of words someone describing their own transgressions, the word choice actually isn’t all that far off from the truth.
For some, words are not enough to signal a new direction. Several social media posts get reposted with screenshots of previous words, articles, or accusations accompanied by two simple words, phrased as a question: “This you?" It seems necessary to remind people of their worst when they were trying to be better—to be their best.
Truth is, those who use scripture to justify supporting the 45th President want white supremacy upheld. They will use any means to justify it. And they’re so used to white supremacy that whenever it is challenged, they think God’s will is being challenged...We are seeing allegiance to an ideology more than we’re seeing allegiance to a person.
Jesus was a revolutionary. His message was radical. His followers were loyal. He was targeted by the occupying government and religious establishment. Then He was executed for manufactured crimes. While His followers continued His movement, they often had to do so in hiding. His revolution was not televised. His news was only spread by word.
As humans, we are homogeneous creatures. We are naturally drawn towards and prefer to be with other people who are like us. I’m Black. I like being around Black people. Quite frankly, it feels safer. But just because it’s most comfortable does not mean it is right to live my life trying to avoid people who aren’t like me. We have to move ourselves out of what is comfortable in order to have any meaningful relational development with people who aren’t just like us.
This is something I’ve struggled with these last few days. What is the perfect protest? What is the recipe for the savory treats that are palatable for the majority to take and eat ye all of what needs to change? My reading of history has not provided me any perfect answers. The way we combat the forces of evil may vary, depending on the circumstance. Not every battle is the same fight.