The Man In The Mirror

Young Homie

The late Michael Jackson makes a very poignant declaration to all people in the familiar song when he stated “I’m starting with the man in the Mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways”. Who is one really looking at when one looks into the proverbial mirror and most importantly what is the mirror are they looking into. The large part of that picture is produced by the optic variables that are at work. Many of these optical variables are not determined by ones abilities to perceive but by what takes place in the ambiance i.e. Atmosphere between the reflective surface and the receiver. In essence, culture is the focal point in self perception, so much so that often times  “ we  can’t get out of our own way” in multi-ethnic encounters.

Self is an area that most feel is their sanctuary. Yet, it has been taken captive to the ebbs and flows of  a society and world views of impressions that the (figurative) ambient/atmospheric interference has set. The word of God points to clear evidence of the influence of  Atmospheric societal pressure that aims to be the determining factor in self perception.

“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and He is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!”

Galatians 6:14-16 The Message (MSG)

In light of the acknowledgement of pressure turning into pretence where self-image is involved, one must take note of the “Mirror Mirror on the Wall” principal. The fairest one is the one who favors the image of self which has been provided by society. People have been herded like cattle into a certain cast or stereotypical disposition that can turn into a Glass Ceiling or a passport for Privilege. This is dependent upon which side of the power dynamic one finds themselves on.

The reflective surface is where one gets the immediate feedback from the wave length of their cultural persona i.e. “cultural wavelength“. This Wave can be refracted, curved or even distorted according to the condition of the atmosphere; in the same way that a mirage happens over pavement on a hot summer day.

The cultural wave is the common ground upon which ethnic groups share similar experiences and the associated feelings that they produce.

Young Homey“, written by X Factor sensation Chris Renee exclaims, “Hey young Homie, What  you Trippin on”? ( trippin: When someone is overreacting or getting all bent out of shape over something small: Urban Dictionary). That is the question that all should ask of themselves.

For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].  1 Corinthians 13:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

If one begins to look for the God purposed “self”. They may not find the clear picture or the stereotyped ultra ego that the society uses to attach everyone to an ethnic profile.  They will not get caught up in the opinionated Mist of a “racial profiling” World, and in some cases Church. Followers of Christ must come out of the Mist and begin to cast down every imagination.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”     2 Corinthians 10:5 King James Version (KJV)

 In the face of the  failure narrative  of all of those that fit his profile, Chris Renee went on to step out. With imaginations of success, he stepped out on the  X-Factor’s stage.  He had apparently bought into the existence of another reality/possibility for he and his son.

One doesn’t need to underscore or over exaggerate them self (i.e. trippin) against the situation backdrop of the ethnic coding produced by an Atmosphere of division. Through Christ’s love, there is another much simpler reality, which is called Unity. Ps 133. This reality can be realized by believers as they step out onto their stage of faith and therefore imagine a different reality than the ethnic/cultural or class so-called reality that Division’s Atmosphere has predicated.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1




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