I recently bought a bag of Simple Truth Organic apples from Kroger. When I got to my next destination, I had my son grab me an apple. Upon further inspection he says “Mom, we got a bad batch.” I looked over the apples and the rotten one hadn’t affected the other apples as far as I could see.
Too often we always hear the phrase “one apple can spoil the bunch” and this is typically associated with groups of teens, outliers and outsiders who don’t necessarily fit into the “status quo.”
I am a single mother of two- you hear single mother and every stereotype around that surfaces but being a Black mother, its heighten. Motherhood for me is perceived differently.
There are a lot of preconceived notions when it comes to Black Motherhood. My participation in school or “lack thereof” is usually associated with false facts- that Black women are living off of the states and sending their children to school is a more for my benefit of the mother rather than the children.
Contrary to what others believe, I am full time mother, grad student, business owner. Unfortunately, as Americans we by into this ideology that because some subsect of society has a few bad apples the whole bunch is spoiled.
(Radical Islamist, LGBQT, Feminist etc...)
What if God viewed us this way. What if the Creator who has a full purpose for our lives, wanted to damn and condemn us for ONE rotten apple.
Civilization as we know it wouldn’t exist. Instead God, meets us where we are. Typically this is done in silence. In those still moments when we are questioning our worth by our status or success.
The Israelites roamed for 40 years in silence-and they weren’t that far from their promise but what if they were condemned and destroy for the disobedience of a few. Jesus the Christ came as a redeemer. He was a tangible form of redemption. God didnt just push us away or labels us misfits because of the spoiled, neglectful or disobedience of a few select bad apples.
Instead we were given grace and mercy... how about we do this for others.