When Doves Cry: The Difference Maker

Where are the voices, where are the difference makers? Are they being silenced by the pressure to conform or from the fear of being classified as radical or culturally deviant? Difference makers find peace between the factions of society. They have proven track records of empathy, peacemaking, and reconciliation because of their relationships across the ethnic/cultural divide. Difference makers march against the so-called silent majority.

Difference makers, in Moses-like fashion, point their finger in the face of the Pharaoh of privilege and indifference. They speak of liberty to the captives of bondage that are formed on all sides of the cultural divide. Difference makers who, in biblical fashion know how to be as wise as serpents but harmless as doves, hear the cry, “Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.” Matthew 10:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

We need difference makers in the media because news is sadly mistaken for tabloid entertainment. With every 24 hour news cycle, stories continually move from flash point to obscurity. Whether it is the Jeremy Lin saga, the Trayvon Martin tragedy or the veiled message behind an anti-Obama political bumper sticker stating, “Don’t Re-Nig.” We need difference makers in government, corporate and mainstreamAmerica, cities, towns, farms and most certainly, in churches.

Peacemakers are not only identified by their knowledge but by their wisdom and passion to make peace in the midst of conflict. Peacemaking should not be confused with compromising our values. We can disagree without creating discord. Ethnic division is often confused with political philosophy, which is frequently excused as racist behavior. Many say “racist” is an ugly and harsh word. However, people who don’t want to speak of it are oftentimes the very same people who deny its existence. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9 King James Version (KJV)

Thus, a difference maker serves as a true moral compass that is absent of ideological demagoguery. Difference makers are not defined by ethnic origin, political affiliation, or denomination. They aren’t evangelical in name, rather; they are defined by their actions. They are nondescript people who are “Building the Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide and are using the language of reconciliation to make a difference. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”  Matthew 5:9 The Message (MSG)

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

8 Responses to “When Doves Cry: The Difference Maker”
  1. Grace Yeh says:

    Hi, can I share the first picture “dove” only on my facebook? Thank you. God bless you

    • accord1 says:

      Sure That is no problem at all! Feel free to subscribe the Accord1 blog @ accord1.wordpress.com and be a difference maker. Also you can Like us at google.com/Accord1Talk

  2. accord1 says:

    Reblogged this on accord1 and commented:

    Are you a Difference Maker?

  3. T says:

    This is really good. I wish that we could all put our differences aside come together as one, agree to disagree and love one another as God intended us to. Sometimes it is scary to stand up and be the peacemaker but we have to. If just one person stands up sometimes others will follow 1 person can make a difference. Blessed is the peacemaker and God bless you also and thank you for being a peacemaker.

    • accord1 says:

      Thank you Terri,
      for your gracious comments. As you said; “1 person can make a difference”. May we all press on together in peace and make that difference.
      Blessings to you
      “Building the Bridge Together”

  4. I would like permission to share this dove, in honor of the 26 slain victims of the Connecticut school shootings.

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