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SC delegate’s takeaway from convention: Love others



Beverly Frierson is an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from South Carolina. Frierson, 64, is a retired teacher in Richland County school districts 1 and 2 and Fairfield County. She lives in Columbia.

As my sister and I prepare to leave Philadelphia, I keep thinking about the simple concept of love. At every breakfast caucus, speakers emphasized biblical imperatives: loving others, caring for the least of these, and feeding the poor.

At the convention, the power of “we” was emphasized. Recall the banners and chants of “Stronger Together.”

All of these positive words and phrases, all of the shouts of elation, all of the goodwill can be as elusive as a puff of smoke if we are not committed to that which is stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson inserted that passage in his message to the convention earlier in the week. But look at what is required for our nation to be healed. Are we humble?

Do we even want to turn from our wicked ways?

Turning the concept of love into reality requires us to examine our words and actions. It requires radical transformation because loving ain’t easy, ya’ll.

Delaine is packing up as we prepare to leave the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The Frierson sisters are change makers. What about you?