It’s No Surprise
The recent comments from LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling have been dubbed shocking. But, truthfully, I did not find them any more shocking than the behavior of former Miami Dolphin’s player Richie Incognito or the verdict in the Travon Martin case.
The only shocking thing about it was that everyone got to hear it broadcast out loud. It wasn’t whispered in a break-room or texted between friends. It was recorded, and the irony of the venom and hatred towards Black men, by a man perfectly willing to make money off the athletic talents of those Black men, was revealed.
And that his girlfriend was “half-black”? Not a surprise either. Just further evidence of the craziness and mental gymnastics that it takes to nurture race hatred in the world. The politics of skin color are played out all over our media; it only becomes worthy of ridicule when we are forced to look at it.
It is a sad commentary to me that it takes something so over the top to draw our attention to something that lives right in front of us all the time, even in our own hearts. It is that demonic thought that tickles us into fearing what we don’t know. It encourages us to assume and to assign attributes based on miniscule bits of information expanded by rumor and innuendo. It is the very idea that a person is better or worse based on physical and cultural characteristics that are a part of their being.
For me, this kind of judgment is sin at its core. Our brother Martin declared that our nation would be free when people were judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin. I would assert that true freedom would have to include freedom from being judged by gender (or gender assignment), or stature or culture, as well. This is the freedom God calls us to through Christ, and it is a freedom we so desperately need.
Because we are called to this freedom, I am steadfast against making any hiring decision based on gender, culture or race. I hope to find a new assistant who is pastorally gifted, faithful and has a sense of humor. I hope we find a person who is passionate about living and sharing the gospel. I hope we find a person who will love this community and encourage each of us to become who God wants us to be.
A person’s ability to do these things is not predicated on whether they are Black or White, rich or poor, male or female. It never has been. And that should be no surprise.