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The Donald Sterling Controversy, Are you uncomfortable with someone?

Racism“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

In the aftermath of the Donald Sterling controversy, I often wonder if his “true feelings” about people are also bottled up inside of others. If tolerating on the outside, but hating on the inside is all too common.

Are there people in your life that make you uncomfortable? Are you uncomfortable with someone? Are you comfortable being uncomfortable with others?

It’s not unusual to feel uncomfortable around particular people. People that are mean-spirited, prideful, judgmental, alcoholics, drug-users, foul-mouthed, homosexual, sympathy hoggers, criminals, critical, handicapped, disfigured, religious. . . just to name a few.  But we are taught to love thy neighbor right? Easier said than done sometimes. I constantly have to remind myself of this helpful verse:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13 4:7

I love this verse because it puts the ownership back on “me”. I put “am I” in front of each verb. “Am I patient,” “Am I proud”, “Am I keeping a record of wrongs”, “Am I self-seeking”, etc.

I think the hardest thing is being truthful with yourself. Believing that you are no better than anyone else.

In the end, when it’s your turn to be judged, the Lord will want to know one thing… were you uncomfortable serving the uncomfortable? Serving is bearing someone’s burdens. Having compassion for one another.

Matthew 8:1-4 NIV
[1] When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. [2] A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” [3] Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.