I am a white male. Turns out, I have been one all my life.
Yet, at one point, I was the lead on a diverse staff of many ethnicities… and I was the lead agent alongside four females.
Somehow, I have become more self-aware. I recognize in myself the many hints towards white privilege, those societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by the non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstance. Further, I have also been able to detect male privilege as well- those social, economic, and political advantages or rights that are made available to men solely on the basis of their gender.
And, then recently, there was this confrontation. It wasn’t about being white, it wasn’t about being a guy, but it called the person into question – that same person who has a blessed personal history, the one offered opportunity after good fortune, trusted mentor after esteemed colleagues and counselors galore, and developed countess students and followers to teach and guide as well.
He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
Although I view my life as a life of service, I can now recognize that there are more than many instances where I have been lacking in one thing: failing to serve beyond my own self. My self-preservation, self-perceptions, flawed and failed self.
Lord, I desire to follow you. Send forth the Spirit of you humility to infuse me and enthuse me to take up the Pitcher and Basis and wash the feet of my colleges in ministry, of those with whom you call me to serve. Help me to abandon the expectations of a privilege seat beside You when all I truly aspire is to be in your proximity. This is the one privilege that I seek, the privilege to be your disciple.