Racism: The ugly truth many Christians want to ignore
Anger, rage, contempt, these are not just attributes of racism, but how I feel toward racists and bigots. Often my social environment gives me pause to take a stand against it, but it shouldn’t.
“And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:10-11
The Root Cause of Racism is Ignorance
I have relatives who are mixed race, even a niece and a nephew, so I am offended first when I think of them. Then I think of my many friends I made while growing up in Everman. There were some bad in every race there, but once the school moved over 50% minority, it appeared that the minority caused more of the problems. Looking at it now, statistically it had to be that way, there were more people of minority races, so there were more bad perpetrated by them.
I thought I understood racism while I lived there. Being called “cracka”, “honky”, “marshmallow”, amongst other racially charged names gave me a unique education. There were many situations I had to fight my way out of where I was bullied by minorities.
The Solution To Racism is Love
That said I only held people’s actions against that individual. We ended up moving to Burleson and a mostly Caucasian school. I couldn’t stand some of the people there because the oozed racism. They used the n-word more loosely than they did adjectives. It hurt me to my soul. I didn’t understand that it was my soul in pain then, but I do now.
God sees no color, no race. While He may have chosen the Hebrew people to bring His son into the world, Jesus died for all. We are to love everyone and minister to everyone regardless of how we feel about them. The Holy Spirit can transform our minds to love, if we will let it.
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” – Romans 10:12