To mistreat someone simply because of the color of their skin or where in the world they were born or their national heritage is folly and sin. To look down on others simply because we are different is ignorance at best.
This morning we had to navigate an unfamiliar airport terminal. We had a number of people assist us. A couple fellas took time to give us careful directions. One lady went out of her way to give me a bin for the frenetic security line. She was with child herself.
Another man gave us careful directions even though my new Stetson blew off my head and hit him sharply in the face. He had to gather himself and stop laughing to help me. He cackled and said, “That thing injured me.” The other young man with him hurried to retrieve my hat. We all chuckled and I warmly thanked him as we went our separate ways.
All of these polite, helpful, good-humored folk were African-Americans. I hope it’s not offensive to mention that but it occurred to me that simple politeness, common civility is a form of love and love unites all things. Love never fails. God help me love my fellow man as we were loved this morning. Civility is a form of love and Jesus-followers are called to love.
Dallas-Fort Worth Airport