This week the ugliness of racism and sexism and several other “isms” was on full display everywhere on television, social media, newspapers and work conversations.
What does the Lord require of you in face of hate, racism and sexism? We are required to do justice, and love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
Racism must be called out for what it is- wrong, hateful, ugly and against our values as people of faith.
The 12th Doctor (Doctor Who) before regenerating to the 13th Doctor left instruction for the new Doctor, “Always try to be nice but never fail to be kind”.
It takes work to “never fail to be kind” and takes work to “love kindness”. It is our work whether we are ready or not. Doing justice with kindness pushes us against the culture that is at best apathetic and often is silent and unfortunately not always kind. Yet despite the culture of keeping silent and lacking true kindness, as people of faith we must go against the cultural customs and work with determination and energy for justice and kindness.
Kindness doesn’t mean we are silent. Kindness is about calling out the injustices and hearing the voices of those on the margins. To Love Kindness means we stand and join in the struggle with those who are being oppressed, bullied, marginalized, left behind, attacked or treated as less than human.
As people who are called to do justice and love kindness. We must never fail to be kind.