There has been a great deal of debate in our nation over the last week and a half. Some folks said, in the wake of the attack, "this is NOT who we are." Other folks, including a number of my friends who are involved with the Black Lives Matter movement said no, "this is EXACTLY who we are." We could debate the meaning and merits of the arguments until we are blue in the face. I think a bigger question is at stake. "Is this who we want to be?"
The past week and a half I've been thinking about something President Obama after Trayvon Martin was killed: "you know if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon." I can't get those words out of my head...I am a new dad. Just over a year into parenting, I can't stop thinking, "I have a son, and he looks like Kyle Rittenhouse."
If you choose to take up your cross, you will be in strange company, but good company. If you choose to follow Christ, to take up your cross, you’ll be standing with a wildly diverse band who believe the world can be re-shaped by sacrificial love. With Christ no one suffers alone, and no one suffers in vain.