Quite a bit happened during the month of June here in the United States:
- The Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner transgender reveal
- Rachel Dolezal, an NAACP branch president, was accused of “passing” for black
- A white supremacist murdered nine people at a South Carolina church prayer meeting
- A nationwide movement to ban the Confederate flag began in response to the murderer’s Facebook posts
- The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages
It was like a whirlwind. When I stopped to think about one event, another one blew in. So much was happening that I finally stopped trying to sort it out and just took it in.
I listened and I read. I cried and I prayed.
I was disturbed: So much hate filled the articles and comments that I read from people on all sides of the issues — black versus white, atheist versus believer, gay versus straight, Southern pride versus ban-the-flag.
I was encouraged: I realized that God has placed in my life people from all sides of these issues.
“God so loved the world ….”
Today, as I thought through June’s top news, I noticed something. The events had rolled out in an interesting way:
- Jenner – person
- Dolezal – ethnicity
- Church murders – race
- Confederate flag – culture
- Court ruling – nation
Person → Ethnicity → Race → Culture → Nation
Do you see it? It’s like a build up, a stack of blocks, from one person’s declaration to an entire country’s law, all in just a few weeks.