I read in the news recently about the first female African American cruise ship captain. I thought, “Why not?” An African American woman is as capable as any man.
The same day the United Methodist Church body voted to disallow same-sex marriages and LBGTQ pastors and I thought, “Why not?” Why not allow them to be a part of that church? God loves all people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Then there was a report on the television news about a senator breaking ranks with his party to vote with the minority on an issue. I thought, “Why not?” Why not stand up for what is right even if it is unpopular?
Why not stand up for what we believe? Why not love our neighbors despite our differences? Why not welcome the poor and homeless? Why not comfort the stranger? Why not feed the hungry?
Only you can answer the question, “Why not?”
Susan Harris is former president of the North Carolina Synodical Women’s Organization. This devotion was published in the April edition of the NC SWO newsletter, The Bulletin. Today we remember Bartolomé de Las Casas, missionary to the Indies, who died in 1566.
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