Rich Shoemaker has a beautiful tenor voice. His breath control, volume, tone is just exquisite. He told me he can usually sing the exact pitch unless he learns it incorrectly. He said then it is hard for him to remember each time he gets to that particular note.

This is such an important lesson in unlearning something we were taught incorrectly. Philip Gulley wrote a book titled: “Unlearning God – how unbelieving helped me believe” where he documents various beliefs he had to unlearn in order to grow and make room for this new thought.

I hear conversations about race and teachings about systemic discrimination. In my home state of Texas much effort is being promoted to put into law a curriculum to stop the teaching about systemic racism. This is what Edwin Friedman calls “societal regression.” Take Juneteenth for example. Apparently emancipation of slaves information took Texans 2 years to get the word. Beginning in Galveston, Texas in 1866 freedom from slavery was celebrated. I lived in Texas throughout my childhood and never were we taught that. News travels at the click of a mouse today. Are Texans going to try to turn back time? That ship has sailed. Or should I say, no longer sails? Let us not go backwards. This reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s words “Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Fortunately, some teachers are willing to continue to teach children the facts about slavery, civil rights and racism. Youth can google information to counter those teachers who refuse to honestly name the horrors of racism in our history and in our current culture.

It is time for us to unlearn so much of what we were taught that allowed discrimination to continue. Each time we get to that note, we have to remember we were taught incorrectly. A poet by the name of Chelan Harkin wrote the following on her Facebook page:  

“Our understandings of God
are malleable—
why not adapt them
until they resonate only
with the tuning fork
of love?”  Chelan Harkin

Let us continue to adapt to the tuning fork of love!

Jonette Gay