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I've been Thinking - 24 February 2019

posted date: Friday 22nd February 2019

Nothing stays the same forever, society and its values are constantly being shaped by a myriad of different factors.


I was reminded of this recently when an extended family member reminded me of a comment my grandmother used to make when I was a child that was blatantly racist against Maori. It was a phrase she used all the time!


This reminder drew me again to Andrew Judd’s presentation at the Baptist Hui in New Plymouth about 15 months ago.  Andrew had been the mayor of New Plymouth from 2013, and in his time in office was confronted with his own attitudes, and the attitudes of society toward Maori. He gave a presentation at the Hui which he entitled “Lessons from a recovering racist” You can search YouTube, where Andrew gives a similar speech under the same title (it’s about 17 minutes long).


Let me warn you, Andrew’s self-reflection in his presentation deals honestly with the attitudes and values that I grew up with as a child in my grandmother’s repeated phrase. However, as the people of God who are open to hearing the voice of God and the leading of His Holy Spirit, can we listen to Andrew Judd’s testimony while asking God “what is it you would say to me?” on one hand and Jesus’ ministry on earth, walking with those that society often overlooked.


Finally, let me conclude this reflection with a Franciscan blessing:


May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.


May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.


May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.


May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.