Two Boys Walk Into the Corner Store

“There is no distinction …” Romans 10:12

Actor Jack Griffo and Rapper *Quintes “Que” Austin walk into a corner store. Which is the more likely one to have been carefully schooled by his parents to never put his hands in his pockets inside a store? And why would they teach him that?

They are an upper middle class American family – educated professionals who participate in the civic, social and spiritual life of their community. They are living in the early decades of the Twenty-First Century. They have taught their sons to never put their hands in their pockets in a store. It was just several months ago that the husband/father of this family was in a store doing some shopping when he was approached by the store manager. “What do you have in your pockets,” he was asked. It turns out he had been accused of putting fruit in his pocket by one of the other shoppers who then reported it to the manager. The accused was a black man. He would never even put his hands in his pockets inside a store, to say nothing of a piece of unpaid-for fruit.

The right to shop without suspicion, to partner in a committed relationship with the same rights, responsibilities and privileges as everyone else, to be educated without being bullied, to have access to structures and opportunities like the majority of society – in other words, to be able to live “without distinction” based on race, creed, sexual orientation, physical ability and family history – that’s the reality in the ‘Kindom” of God. We continue to pray that it will be a reality here – Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray for it … yes. And today, we will work just a bit harder for it, too.

A blessed Tuesday to you.



Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.