A friend asked me, “Larry, why do you quote so many men and women of color?” My answer is simple, all humans are people of color. Black, White, Red, Yellow and variations of the above. Personally, I am part Red and part White. The dominate Gene appears to be Red. So, If I won’t quote people of color, must I quote a bark from old Yeller or perhaps Bambi?
Here’s a quote from a man of Dark Brown color, Booker T. Washington:
“There are two ways of exerting one's strength: One is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”
No matter what shade of humanity this quote comes from, it is helpful to all of us in that we are more like our Creator when we extend help to someone that needs a kind word or deed.
Put downs really have no place in the life of those of us who believe in Jesus Christ. All of Christendom will be better served when we learn to say and mean it, “Neither do I condemn thee…” thus following the example of the one who did the same for us.
One very wise person told me that I was going to get “burned” good, for attempting to help a certain person that had fallen out of favor with his group. I suppose the “favor of the group” is more important than doing the will of Christ and extending grace. It’s a matter of record that Jesus helped unpopular people and got crucified. Can we men and women of grace and courage do less?
Mahalia Jackson wrote:
“If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, that he's traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.”
“I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.” Chief Joseph.
Are you “keeping down” or “helping up?”
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