Congratulations. We have a new Miss America!
She is intelligent, beautiful and talented.
In fact, she is on her way to being a physician.
But plenty of Americans voiced their discontent on social media sites when Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was recently crowned Miss America.
Apparently, the American-born Davuluri, an Indian-American woman, wasn't the choice of many of our bigotted fellow Americans.
I will spare you the nastiest comments, but the words "Arab" and "terrorist" were used more than once.
I have heard many times that America is the greatest nation on the planet. I agree, but we need to start acting like it.
We are supposed to be a world leader, but when Twitter and Facebook fill up with racist remarks about Miss America because she's not a rich white girl, how can we truly call ourselves great?
I believe we were once greater than we are today.
But it's hard to be great when we're so angry.
There are myriad reasons for our anger, but there is no reason why we should let it devour us.
This epidemic of anger has hit America just about everywhere.
Case in point, pull up the YouTube video of the local bus bully.
Then, run up the street and hear what the "other parents" plan to do about it.
It amazes me that the grownups want to diffuse hate by exhibiting more of it.
But it's no surprise that we are so filled with hate and resentment that we have nothing better to do than sow contempt as often as we can.
I have fought the deadly duo of anger and resentment my entire life, and I am here to say that it never goes away.
It does, however, get easier with perspective.
Perspective is an inside job, and in my experience, it only comes from one place – the Great Spirit – or God, if you will.
We're like kids at the doctor's office – we avoid getting a shot when that is the only thing that will cure our sickness.
The longer God is wielded like a weapon and a means of controlling the masses, the Great Commission will continue to fail. God is about love, not power, as my hero Tony Campolo says.
Because a "Christian nation" would never stand for its people saying things about Miss America, regardless of her race.
If you let that go, we may as well let all of it go.