What About Love? From Heart to Mastin Kipp
I’m not one to make political statements on this blog and it’s rare for me to espouse my opinions about controversial issues on social media.
I assure you that’s not my intention today. But when divisive political incidents occur, as happened two days ago with the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin jury decision in Florida, I believe deeply in using constructive conversation to begin to mend that divide.
Notice that I used the word constructive, which means helping to improve; promoting further development or advancement.
Thanks in large part to polarizing media coverage, the verdict has sparked much destructive conversation. I read an editorial writer’s comments yesterday and found myself nodding in agreement.
He wrote in Politico, “The Trayvon Martin case highlights more than the flaws of Florida law or the inadequacies of courtroom justice. It also paints in vivid display the vulgar state of American political culture.”
Later in the opinion piece, he wrote, “The entire spectacle was repulsive.”
What about love?
Simplistic though it may be, my sadness around this case stems from an overall lack of love and tolerance. I know that trials are about facts but this trial was much more. It symbolized race relations in this country at the highest of levels. Let’s face it, the shooting death of a young black man in America is not news.
And we can’t stop it from happening again and again.
The constructive conversation has to involve much more than talk about handguns and young blacks wearing hoodies. As a nation, we must go much further. Somewhere, somehow, we must raise the conversation higher to speak about what we value as a country; my prayer is that we will one day no longer use phrases like “race relations.”
Perhaps I am a Pollyanna; if so, I’ll wear the label proudly. You see, I believe wholeheartedly in love’s power to transform. Even Martin Luther King, Jr. called for us to be love-struck by one another instead of colorblind.
Yesterday, at my church, Unity of Dallas, we kicked off a six-week extravaganza linking the power of music with spiritual principles. A guest vocalist rocked the house with Heart’s What About Love. Have a read:
What about love
Don’t you want someone to care about you
What about love
Don’t let it slip away
What about love
I only want to share it with you
You might need it someday . . .
I think we all need love today. We don’t have time to wait.
Mastin Kipp and A Daily Love
Mastin is a person in recovery from addiction. He’s also a love promoter who eats, sleeps, works and breathes love. He’s 30-ish and has crammed a lot of bad living into his short life.
He’s also a raging success in the self-help world, having been mentored by Tony Robbins and shared stages with Oprah Winfrey. I haven’t seen him in person, but he appears to be the real deal. I respect where he’s been in his life and how he has transformed himself through the power of love.
Mastin posted the following on Facebook yesterday. It is a partial quote and I’m deliberately leaving it unattributed. It’s a perfect summation of what I believe we’re called to do.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.”
As always, I welcome constructive conversation in the comments section below.
Photo courtesy of kokabella