Why the Fishbowl?
On September 6, 2013 at the McGee Center in Conway, Arkansas I will host The Fishbowl: Ethnic Relationships. The fishbowl was developed by my wife and me to answer questions from young couples concerning questions about life, marriage and all that other good stuff.
This town-hall in September will focus on ethnic relationships. Obviously we are all aware of the court case that recently concluded concerning George Zimmerman. The goal is not to rehash the situation because the jury has rendered its verdict. The purpose is to discuss, listen and grow as people. In light of that, I offer three observations.
We need to be honest about our sins and prejudices. When we are honest, we are then able to seek justice and forgiveness. True justice requires change within oneself before demanding that change of others. Forgiveness means we set a person free and that will cost us.
At the same time, we need to be honest about the beautiful manifestations of our individual ethnic groups. These are manifestations that should be celebrated because God has given each group the creativity and ingenuity to do so.
Finally, you may ask, “What is his motivation?” Well I will tell you. I desire to be happy and that happiness is living as a son of God who seeks to be a peacemaker. The Church has the awesome opportunity to serve as an ambassador and mediator of a peace that passes all understanding. My secondary motivation is simply to serve people by providing all types of people an opportunity to listen and learn.
So, I hope to see you there!