It may be thousands of years later, but on June 1st 2020 we are in a similar context. It’s a scary and confusing time in the midst of a pandemic and a revolution for racial justice. Understandably, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Start with scripture and story. What does Jesus teach us? To love. How do we love our neighbor? What is love asking of us in this moment? How can I respond?
These are questions with which we each need to wrestle. Like the disciples, we don’t know where or how this will shape us and history. We may not feel well equipped. If you’re unsure of where to start, here’s my recommendation: listen. Listen to what is being said. Listen to what is being asked. Listen to someone’s experience. Just stop and listen. It’s the first step to any conflict resolution, and it’s the first step toward building relationships. Jesus did that a lot. He listened to people’s stories and suffering. We can start there, too.