Speakers remorse, things you wish you said but did not. Maybe it was an argument, or perhaps you were interviewing for a job, or trying to make a sale. We have all been there.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to pray with the people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Before we prayed, I acknowledged the work that the Noblesville Diversity Coalition have been doing and the way it has changed hearts and opened minds in regards to the racism that still exists in Noblesville. Even the mayor acknowledged that he, for many years had not accepted the reality that there was serious and injurious racism that has affected and still affects people of color in our community.

What I wish I would have said, after stating my own journey of being a recovering racist, is to challenge everyone. I think we can/should admit that we are either a racist, or a recovering racist. We can do better, as a community and as individuals. We are called to care for our brothers and sisters, to bear one another’s burdens. We are to be the Good Samaritan, and not just walk by, turn our head, or bury truths that continue to wound. Noblesville, and all of Hamilton County have hidden truths about the treatment of people of color.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, on one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)

Admittedly, I have walked past, ignored and shielded my eyes on injured people. I imagine you have to.  We can do better, we can always to better. Use this column as a table time devotion. Find someone to share it with and have a discussion. Do you agree or disagree? Talk it out with someone and I hope and pray that little by little we can heal the wounds of racism in our community.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein.

-Noblesville’s Teri Ditslear is a pastor whose column appears Saturdays in The Times. Contact her at pastor@rolcommunity.com, on Facebook or at www.rolcommunity.com