We all matter

by Kameron Allen
Guest Writer

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

I’m not talking to everyone. This is for my specific group of brothers and sisters who don't know that people can live together no matter of race, gender, status or ideology. The ones who feel as though they are better than another because God made them a certain way.

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a national tragedy. My brothers and sisters in Christ stood against each other under a banner of hate and showed just how divided as a nation we truly are. A brother decided that a woman’s life was not as valuable as his and ran her down with his car and killed her because she had a different viewpoint than his.

I am an African-American Christian man. I’m able to see this event through a different  perspective. I realize some people are scared of me because of the pigment God has blessed me with. I refuse to live in the same world my ancestors did. They were afraid to walk the streets because the police would torment them, scared that the world around them was out to get them, and unable to feel as though they weren't equal to their neighbors.

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We as a nation have to show that we care about the person next to us. We can’t hate someone because of differences. It seems we have forgotten the Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated. Individuals shouldn’t look at another human through the barrel of gun, or in this case, the windshield of a car and decide life's better without them. God has them here for a reason. In the end, we all going to the same heaven.

We need to open our ears, look past people and listen to their message. We need to hear the cries of both sides and see just what they are mad about.

If you listen to the white supremacists chant, “you will not replace us.” They feel as though other races are out to get rid of them. So, if we reassure them that we are here to live beside them and educate rather than getting in a shouting match with them, we may be able to minister to our brothers and sisters. We need to let them know, “All Lives Matter,” including theirs. I love everyone in Charlottesville, this country, and on this earth. We are created in the Lord’s image.

If that’s the only thing we have in common, then let’s run with it.