Preached on the Third Sunday after Epiphany. Edited.
I’m not a big fan of the word “unity” these days.
That may sound ridiculous. What’s wrong with unity? What’s wrong with people coming together?
That’s because, more often than not, folks who say they want unity don’t want the hard work that comes with making it a reality. We’ve seen, for example, political leaders and private citizens alike from across the country respond to the phrase “Black Lives Matter!” with “All Lives Matter! Why are you dividing people by race? We need to come together! All lives are important!” Yet we know that historically, Black lives have not mattered, so responding with “all lives matter” seeks to simply erase the trauma and historical experiences of Black people.