Labels Lie

ok.  so now that i have your attention,  let me tell you about why i posted the picture.

people of the second chance is one of my favorite blogs.  in fact, it is more than just a blog…it is a community.  here’s what they say about themselves:

We are a global community of activists, imperfectionists and second chancers committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone.

We challenge the common misconceptions about failure and success and stand with those who have hit rock bottom in their personal and professional lives. We are a community that is committed to stretch ourselves in the areas of relational forgiveness, personal transparency and advocate for mercy over judgment.

i love what they do.  i love what they stand for.  i love that there are people out there committed to radical grace.

the picture comes from a campaign they started about a year ago called Labels Lie.  it’s about challenging people to stop using labels…and an equal challenge to stop believing them.

we live in a brutal society.  gone are the gentle, kinder days of my past.  today, it’s shoot or be shot.  lie or be lied to.  nobody’s mistakes are off limit.  nobody’s sins are private.   we need more than thick skin.  we need kevlar.

go to the POTSC website.  read about the Labels Lie campaign.  join the movement.  be part of a community of people who refuses to dehumanize people…no matter how much better we think we are than them.

oh.  wait.  did i just say that we think we are better than others?  yup.  remember,  i’ve still got some good pharisee blood in me!

here are some other pictures from the campaign.  do they move you like they move me?

no matter what, be people of grace this week.  peace.

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3 thoughts on “Labels Lie

  1. #1 Why are these pictures in manipulative Black and White?

    #2 Where is the picture of the Uber-Rich dude?
    Aren’t people with even just a little bit of money label as well?

    #3 Where is the Black and with Picture of the clearly defined MEXICAN and that type label? I don’t mean the biker Mexican. I mean the cowboy hat, job stealing kind of Mexican with 5 kids running around. And i don’t mean that politico “Latino” crap definition.

    #4 I wonder how much God loves hearing about our 1st world problems?
    I bet he was quite happy with the internet and Facebook was born.

    1. geez…did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?

      #1 because b/w makes you feel worse. dummy.
      #2 because “you are an uber-rich dude” only makes people feel jealous.
      #3 because it’s safer for white people to call out “labeling” on other white people.
      #4 i hope a lot. it’s the only kind of problems i have.

      and bada@@, why do i feel a need to point out that you are mexican? are you still ticked that you got the junior plate of nachos at lunch yesterday?

  2. It’s sad how fast we think we can measure someone up with one glance. We look at someone and feel like we can somehow tell something about who they are, completely ignoring the fact that the majority of us live a life of trying to conceal who we are on the inside with a bunch of crap on the outside.

    I’ve seen over and over how outward appearance changes someone’s idiotic view of what type of person I am. If I walk into a restaurant with my 3 son’s I’m a “great father” but if I walk into that same restaurant with the guys that work for my lawn business and we are covered in dirt and sweat from working to provide for those same kids people look at you as if you should have had to use the backdoor to enter and sat in a special “day laborer” section.

    The way we think we can sum up a person’s life and their lifesong up in one word labels while never taking the time to actually listen to the first note of their lifesong is embarrassing, sad and a slap in the face to Jesus who lived a life of destroying labels and prejudices.

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