13 September 2011
Can I draw the line here?
There is a terror that rises deep within.
I am not afraid of being harmed by the KKK, I am white, favoured, safe.
What haunts me is a fear that I could very easily draw a line here.
I could shake my head and my fists and shout
"Enough of this grace stuff. How can anyone forgive such hate?"
And once that line is drawn, who else would I place on the other side?
How high up on the ladder of judgement would I climb?
How many would I add to the list of those beyond forgiveness?
Yes, the KKK was/is a movement of hatred.
If I counter hate with hate then I join their ranks.
Lord, my flesh squirms, recoils and wants to deny the very thing You died for.
Help me extend forgiveness.
Help me walk immersed in radical grace.
Help me counter hate with love.
I am not beyond a second chance.
You, who are reading these words, are not beyond a second chance.
May we walk in this world believing the same of everyone.
At People of the Second Chance we are raising our voices for second chances, to overthrow judgement and liberate love. Will you join us?