A meeting I attended recently started with this delightful prayer:
The water I live in is full of piranha
and it doesn't do to have a bleeding heart in this locality.
Please God get me out of this water
or give me a shell or teeth . . .
Just don't leave me here with nothing but the conviction
that piranha are all God's children too.
from Life's Little Prayer Book
compiled by Gary Lahoda
Well, it certainly got me thinking many thoughts. For starters, are piranhas all God's children too? I'm referring not to actual fish but to people who attack others. So to be practical, what about piranhas like Darren Wilson? Is he one of God's children? How do I love him?
Secondly, perhaps I'm a piranha too, but don't know it 'cuz, having eyes on the side of my head and no mirrors in the sea, I don't see that I also have big teeth like the piranhas around me. Seriously, though, we know how easy it is to consider our own sins, faults and shortcomings as "not that bad" compared to those of others. And how easy it is to think I'm okay (am righteous) and others are not okay (are sinful), instead of seeing our common humanity. Much easier to split the world into us and them.
Hmm. And should I be listing Darren Wilson as a piranha? Or is he just a cog in the systemic racism principality? Not asking this to make any excuses for his actions, but wanting to affirm that there is a bigger picture here than one person's racism.
What do you think?
I'm hoping that at least one of my 100,000 followers (I wish!) is brave enough to comment....