By Nancy Virden (c)2020
Shades of Blue
It’s a large family, the human race. We have siblings of all shapes, heights, and ages from pink to black to brown and all the shades. To deny any sibling is to deny our family. If we are not blood-related, what is left to motivate loyalty, kindness, mutual respect, and provision for one another? Blood is thicker than water – unless we deny the blood.
We have brothers and sisters in the United States, proud to work together, dressed in shades of blue. They are sworn to protect and serve. With clay feet and mortality, they race to the sounds of sirens the marathon of commitment, duty, and justice. These are our siblings who change the world for the better one person or family group or city at a time. One day at a time.
Infiltrated among them stand haughty, corrupt, uncivilized god-wannabes dressed in dirty blues whose ideas of justice are control and abuse. So why do we watch injustice from afar and say, “If you don’t want trouble do not do wrong”? Similar to speaking to a child, will we say ‘don’t do wrong’ while she is beaten into shades of blue? Welts, bleeding, shaking – what brings us to interrupt and say, “stop!” to the force snuffing out her life? Or do we repeat- ‘if you would only be good’?
It seems we have siblings among us who have always felt our knees on their neck, while we insist they have no need to scream or holler until nosebleeds and can’t breathe turns skin shades of blue. Our favorite white lie is, “Be quiet, be good and you will have nothing to fear.”
“Anger is ok in its proper context,” we say. “Why do they [notice the “they”] loot and burn?” The answer is the same as why there is injustice among the blue. Injustice is capable of living anywhere once we forget we are blood-related. Besides, this is only an excuse to shift blame onto the backs of “they.”
We of privilege prefer quiet anger- the more subtle approach to robbery. ‘Let them stay out of our way, off our streets’ unless of course, we like a few. We bully from the voting booth to steal hopes, health, education, safety, and economic opportunity while spouting ‘they can get up if only they would.’ We enjoy our shades of red, white, and blue.
Shades of blue on our TVs and phones distract us as we button our way to denial. Not-too-interested, rarely listening, we live in bubbles of blue. We claim we do not know what steps to take when in reality we do not want to do anything to stand up for justice and truth. It seems too hard.
Yet we expect the “they” to do it. With gentleness and respect. Quietly. Out of our way.
There are all shades of good among us and all shades of evil. “Down with people of color” is “down with people of color dressed in blue” which is “down with justice” until of course, we need it. Wail! Weep! Open your eyes to see all the shades of blue until each person and situation is appreciated in truth.
Let us judge within first, then without, not by uniform, color, or power, but by blood alone. We are one family. As of May 2020, we can no longer deny the shades of blue.
Today’s Helpful Word
James 2: 8-9, 13
Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law… There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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