It is hard to understand that I am called to higher standard, especially since I love to argue and debate. It isn’t enough for something to just not be illegal. It isn’t enough for it to be ethical. I was present for a discussion about the Cosby case that turned ugly. It was dark and twisted. I struggled for a day over the language being used. I struggled with the details of the case. I struggled as a rape survivor and a christian. I had to remove notifications from a Facebook thread that was insulting my character because I wrote “ Your feelings are valid but so are other people’s.”
I came to the conclusion that my main job here on earth is to love people. As a 0L, I’d love to defend the criminal justice system. As a rape survivor, I’d love to harangue and denigrate Cosby. As an activist, I’d love to organize around removing the statute of limitations or being intentional about how the prison industrial complex works. As a person who cares for people, I have to disengage. My job here on earth, first and foremost, is to love people and lift up Jesus. I cannot do that alienating people over identity politics. Micah 6:8 has been my anthem and I will not depart from it now.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (ESV)
John 13:34-35 also says
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (MSG)
Humility involves living a life where I don’t have to be right. I have to allow Jesus to be King. I’d rather he be lifted high than my opinion get a 1,000 likes.