Is There No Hope?

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Will we ever see an end to racially motivated violence and injustices? Sad to say, as long as people occupy this planet, there will always be prejudice somewhere.

Can prejudice exist apart from people? Obviously not. Racism is an individual heart problem, a deeply flawed attitude, based on wrong teaching, fed by pride and ignorance, and reinforced by cultural peer pressure.

Does this mean there is no hope for improvement? Not at all.

Prevention and cure

Whenever a child is taught that all people are made in the image of God and that God is no respecter of persons, isn’t that child a lot less likely to fall into racist thinking?

But what if we have been brought up to see certain races as inferior? Prejudice is often blind to itself, and so if we have been taught wrong we must: 1) recognize our prejudice for what it is, 2) realize that prejudice is a sin, and 3) repent and learn to see people from God’s perspective.

The best solution

Is there any greater remedy for racism than the gospel of Christ? The gospel is comprehensive, affecting every aspect of our lives from the inside out. If we are truly converted, and we let God’s word teach us, racism is rooted out.

How can we maintain prejudice if we truly understand that the gospel is for ALL? It is God’s will for people of all nations and cultures to respond to the gospel.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

“. . . there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

God designed the church to be the true melting pot where race does not matter but where people do. Granted, the church has fallen far short of God’s ideal, but His ideal still stands. Thanks be to God for every congregation where all are welcome and all are sought.

For this to happen, each of us as individuals must conform our attitudes to the mind of Christ.

He is Lord of all.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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A Prayer for Our Town

Dear Father,

Thank You for our town—for all we enjoy as citizens of it.

Bless our mayor, Lord, and help the city manager and city council as they deal with thorny issues and make tough decisions. Grant them wisdom.

Bless every school administrator, teacher, staff person, and bus driver. May they provide a safe environment conducive to learning.

O God, our town suffers from broken homes and lonely people, lives shattered by alcohol and drugs, pornography and immorality.

Where there are racial tensions, may prejudice yield to understanding, and peace prevail.

May You bring badly needed revival to this community! May our citizens grow weary of sin and turn to You for healing.

Heal our town, dear Lord. And use us, we pray, as instruments of healing.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Folks Like Me

Birds of a feather . . . .

People are attracted to churches made up of those of similar background—racially, socially, educationally, economically.

This is certainly natural and understandable.

However . . . .

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A different perspective

The first-century church included Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, even slaves and free, and God expected them all to be “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 KJV; Colossians 3:11).

The better we get to know people unlike ourselves, the more we overcome our own prejudices, born from pride and ignorance.

We learn to love people who, though different from us, have been redeemed by Jesus’ blood, just as we have.

What an impact this can make on unbelievers as they observe Christians of varied backgrounds, worshiping and working together in harmony!

Only a very powerful dynamic could explain that!

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Who, Me? Prejudiced?

Prejudice is hard to admit.

Are my friends and acquaintances almost exclusively like me?

Do I fear what others might think if I associated with someone of another race?

Do I use slang expressions for other ethnicities?

Do I think in terms of “us” vs. “them”?

How would I feel if someone of another race moved next door?

How do I feel about my children playing with those of a different skin color?

Would I accept a blood transfusion if I knew it came from someone of a different race?

Do I ever read anything by an author from another ethnic group?

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How God sees

“. .  . God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What Color Was Adam?

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Here are seven stubborn facts about race relations:

  1. God is the Creator of us all. He made us all in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). We all come from the same original parents (Genesis 3:20; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Acts 17:26).
  2. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35; 15:9; Romans 2:11; 10:12-13).
  3. God desires all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9).
  4. Christ died for all (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
  5. In Christ all are one and all are equal (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11).
  6. People from all nations will be in heaven (Revelation 7:9-17).
  7. Racial prejudice is a SIN (1 John 2:9, 11; 4:20-21). Racism violates the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).

So what color was Adam? Does it matter?

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