You love it when people tell you what you can and can’t do right? Yeah right. Imagine someone telling you that you can’t buy the house you want, even though you have the money. Those things have been happening in America for many years, even though it’s illegal. And it’s only been since 1967 that a black person and a white person can get married. That’s only 53 years ago.
Today is National Loving Day–it should sound familiar because we posted about it here last year, but since America is trying to be more aware of racial inequality, it makes sense to talk about it again. Loving Day remembers the court case in 1967 that made it legal and okay for a black person and a white person to get married. The Lovings (that’s their last name), met as kids and were friends for seven years before they got married in Washington State, but it was illegal in Virginia, so when the moved there, they were arrested for being married. FOR BEING MARRIED…
Laws and rules are necessary for society to work, but when there are rules that hurt people, it’s good to question them and go to the authority to ask for a change. The Bible tells us to respect our authorities, but we’ve seen these last two weeks that change can happen when people are heard. And the ultimate commandment from God is to love others, so seek change based on loving all of God’s children as brothers and sisters.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
Romans 13:9-10 (NLT)
Dear Lord, help our country to find a way to come together. Help us to see each other clearly, to listen and appreciate the differences we have, and to learn from each other. Amen.