Response to Racism

Racism

I have been on a mission trip the past couple of days and have been focused on that task so I was a little out of the loop on some recent events. After coming up to speed, I am deeply saddened about what has happened in our nation with all the hate. I grew up in the south and I’ve witnessed the hate racism brings. I know what racism is like on both sides, what it feels like and I have seen the effects racism has on others. It’s sad to think about how people forget we are all made from the same creator, we are all human. And with that, we all have this desperate need for a savior. My dad stood up against the KKK when people of different color came to Church. I have stood up for people when they were being looked down upon and I lost “friends” because of how I took up for someone who looks differently than me. Here is what I have learned, love is ALWAYS better. You see, racism and hate are sin. Thinking you are better than anyone else is sin. It’s not cool and anyone who hates PROVES that they are not of God. We are all sinful and we all need a savior. Jesus came to bridge that gap so that we can have a relationship with God and others. My prayer is that everyone will see that Jesus, who was a jew and was not white, came to bring salvation. I’m praying that God will change the hearts of people and see that we all NEED Jesus! I’m thankful Jesus saved and changed me and I am praying that for our country, also!

Racism – prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12

If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13

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