When I was running for a position on the board of an organization, that had some troubling issues that would never be addressed. I remember someone asking the question, “why should we vote for you?”. I responded, “because I will be loyal to the President of the board.” The sad story is I won the vote, because I said I would be loyal to a person and an organization. I wouldn’t cause a ruckus, I wouldn’t be a problem. My loyalty would equal my silence.
The definition of loyalty, at least from the google search, is a strong feeling of support or allegiance. Being loyal to something or someone can be good or dangerous. Surely over the past couple of days, since election, we all have shown how we are to what and who we are loyal. So the question becomes is our loyalty righteous? Does our loyalty reflect that we are on the right side of justice or that we are on the side where someone in the margins will be left behind? Does our loyalty reflect that all have a chance to be and live? Does our loyalty reflect hatred? Does our loyalty reflect greed? Does our loyalty reflect love for others?
Who and what are you loyal to and why? Is that working for you?
Hello! Welcome to my personal blog. I write to express love, acceptance with inviting readers to see God in their spaces and hopefully see the image of God in themselves. I am an ordained minister in the Methodist tradition. I was ordained in 2009 and have served a various churches as an assistant and youth pastor. I am mother to a terrific young woman who I admire for her boldness with sticking with her passion of film making. I am a wife of a guy who loves and fight for social and economic justice all God's people.
I started this blog when I was 58 years old. My mother had just died, I retired from a job, not career, of over 37 years and moved to a new strange location. I didn't know what to do or how to be next. This soft sweet voice in my head says, why not just be yourself, authentic and unapologetic. I've been scared most of my life to live freely because of what others thought and even how the church told me I was suppose to be. But I don't ever want to be what others expect me to be, I want to be what God gifted inside of me. So with that, I open myself up to all of you. This is who I am.
Thank you for dropping in!
Rev. Jacqueline Pinkney
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