Those who know me can testify that I’m very rarely at a loss of words.
Lately, that is how I’ve felt in regards to all the racial tensions in America the last few weeks.
In one sense, I want to be able to identify and understand what people of color go through so that I can “see” what they are trying to tell us.
However, on the other hand, I know that I don’t really want to “know” as I hear from them that it isn’t pretty, it isn’t comfortable, and it isn’t right.
So, what can we do? It’s a serious question.
I know that we, as Christians, are notorious for quoting “Love God with all your heart, mind, body, soul and strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” However, that hasn’t solved this issue of racism.
Is God’s word wrong on this?
I don’t believe it is. I believe the problem is that we aren’t obeying these commands faithfully.
We hear the words, we read the words, we quote the words, but many aren’t living the words. That’s where we need to change.
The apostle Paul wrote the following words:
“In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”Galatians 3:26-28
Do you really believe that your brothers and sisters of different color are the same as you in Christ Jesus?
If so, we must start living like it.
Stop telling racial jokes. Stop laughing at them. Stop being a part of conversations that separate anyone, for whatever reason, from being human. It’s not just about what color they are, but also what sex they are, what sexual orientation they have, where they come from, what political status they have, etc. Stop being a part of the languages and terminology that divide us.
It’s not funny anymore (and honestly, it never really was).