“Ignorance has no color, God doesn’t see color, why should we?”
Yesterday I had the distinct honor and privilege of a short conversation with Will Stack. You may have already seen the video of his that went viral and if you haven’t you really should. So many of the world’s problems could be solved instantly if more people shared this kind of perspective.
The good news is that there is one young man who is a real role model. The great news is that, judging by the response, there are millions of others like him who are respectful and loving of all people regardless of differences. I think his video resonates with so many people because it is the message too often missing from the front pages.
Another Story of Contrast
That same day another friend posted this video (warning: the content is vulgar) of a group seeking violent retribution against those who they describe as “devils” and was so over the top I could hardly take it serious. I debated even giving them more credibility than they deserve by linking their hatred.
I was struck by the sharp contrast. It reminded me of the two mothers I posted about the other day and I thought maybe I would do a follow-up about these two different sons. The son of hate that screams vengeance and promises only continuation of violence. Then there is this son of grace who speaks words of peace and respect.
Leadership by Example
Will Stack responded almost immediately to my friend request on Facebook. He even took the time to write back to me despite being overwhelmed with friend requests and attention. He is extraordinary, but he also represents an example of an ideal within our own reach and evidently he hit a chord with many people—myself included.
But there is still much work to be done. There are still those who only see other people through the lenses of their prejudices. However, we cannot change them, we must change ourselves and lead by example. And there is one more person I know who has demonstrated this type of leadership…
Well done, Will!