Our society has been going through massive cultural changes over the last fifty years that I have been an observer. I remember when Sunday morning in church was the most segregated hour in the country with whites and blacks in different churches. It was a time when a white southern woman could use the “N-word” and not cause a stir. It was a time when the word gay meant happy and certain people kept their preferences hidden.
Many very small things and some major changes have happened over the years to make the civil equality changes we are witnessing today. After the voter rights and integration in schools began a slow shift in thinking. Many people my age have not made that shift but our children and grand children have. To the great surprise of their elders they believe in equal civil rights for all people and they are taking over. The polls are showing that shift in the political arena and in society in general.
As my generation dies off the shift will become the normal because the grand children who do not see color as a test of friendship will be the leaders of our county. The same is true for gender issues and disabilities or language. Today I am a member of Hurstbourne Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and we have several mixed race families and a variety of languages worshiping together in peace and love. This is the way it should be for God loves all his children equally and so should we.
I have believed in equal civil rights for everyone for a long time and now is the right time. For those who are having a hard time dealing with this change, hold on because it has only begun.