No matter the day of the week, when we walk out of church what we do next with our lives determines whether we are truly following in His path, bearing our share of His cross. Is getting ahead in this life more of a priority than living a life dedicated in service to others? Is keeping up with the Jones's more of a priority than caring for the unwanted, the disenfranchised, the outcasts and rejected of a society -- these, the very people amongst whom Christ lived, slept and ate.
Can we say there is racial equality when an elderly black woman is fearful when a white man holds a door open for her? Can we say there is racial equality when the "N" word is continued to be used by the likes of state law enforcement officers across the southern United States? Can we say there is racial equality when the Hispanic population of such rural southern communities as Mt. Pleasant, Texas; or Rogers, Arkansas (just as examples) is not accepted as true brothers and sisters, members of the community?
When a people hold to myths which perpetuate hatred they do not follow the Christ who died on a lonely hill just outside of Jerusalem. To follow Him requires something called unconditional love, even a willingness to lay ones life down for another if necessary. Anything less is a sham, a mockery of the love of God and His Son for mankind.
This love for one's brothers and sisters is most evident amongst the men and women veterans of our armed forces. It is palpable. It is unconditional. We owe these men and women that same love, unconditional. Anything less makes a mockery of the honor and respect they so greatly deserve.