During this season of Advent, we remember and celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ, of divine feet on earth, of God with us. Still, I can’t help but wonder what the world is coming to. The recent death of Laquan McDonald still has my mind reeling. What is happening to us?
What is happening to my mind when I watch a seventeen year old child shot sixteen times? Or, how will my eye sight be impacted after watching Eric Garner being choked to death? And what of the deaths of Tamir Rice or Walter Scott or Samuel Dubose? What of our humanity has died with them? Their last breath should not be wasted, held or not used to voice this loss of relationship.
As we reflect on the humble beginnings of Christ and the meager ways he came to us, I challenge us to look at the ways that we have arrived at our present state. How do we enter the community and the conversations of others and are we humble? What do we ride in on when we enter a room? And who surrounds us, who are we looking at when we talk about Jesus?
What the world comes to is based on our willingness to move in ways that encourage authentic and transparent conversations and resultant community. But, we must come ready to talk without defense or excuse. No shouting matches or blame- shifting. Shh. Remember, the baby is in the manger. Christ has come and God is with us.
And whatever we do or don’t do, our world will come to God in the end, divine feet on earth, touching all country roads and city streets to include the one that held Laquan McDonald.