Posted by: the warrioress | July 14, 2014

God & Racism

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I was stunned to find out that a friend/long time acquaintance of mine is racist.

I posted a political quote by President Obama on my Facebook page and this friend commented that President Obama needed to be impeached. From there things went from bad to worse:

My Friend: “IT’S TIME TO TAKE THAT NIGER OUT OF OFFICE!!”

I was sincerely blown away. Never have I been exposed to blatant, in my face racism like that before, by someone that I had been close to, whom I liked. It made me embarrassed for him; it made my heart hurt.

I thought about God…about what Jesus thinks about this — hating other people because they differ from us physically, their skin color, their ethnicity:

Galatians 3:28 ESV. “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.”

John 7:24 ESV. “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Romans 10:12 ESV. “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 upon him.”

1 John 2:9 ESV. “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”

James 2:9 ESV. “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

Romans 2:11 ESV. “For God shows no partiality.”

 

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I regularly read right-wing opinion pieces to try and understand the perspectives of those with whom I differ, and I see a lot of this blatant racism, but those people are virtual strangers in my life.

What is even more daunting is to see the hatred and racist commentary spewing out of the keyboards of people who claim to be following Christ. I haven’t quite grown accustomed to seeing hatred and rage flung about so callously by those who proclaim Jesus. I know there is something terribly wrong with that picture, but how can so many, many people think they are good Christian people and in truth they don’t act as if they belong to The Father at all; they never knew Him!

At the very least, they are mired in sin and don’t even realize or know it. I am going to pray for these people and for my racist friend, but this ugliness confuses me — these individuals think their behavior is perfectly fine in the eyes of God. How can they be so blind?

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  1. sometimes this world is so sad..

  2. Unfortunately, racism is alive and wide spread in our world today. It always surprises me to see just how much hate and bitterness there is in this country.
    The fact is the hate and bitterness is not just toward our president or the political system, it appears to run rampant across the board when people don’t agree with each other’s views.
    What everyone needs to learn is that every action or deed is tied to God and I tried to bring that out in my latest post “The Silver Lining”. We are challenged to make choices and we are shaped by the choices we make. The thread of our life is tied throughout to our maker.
    I will pray for your friend and you that differences can be overcome and that the Glory of God’s light will shine through.

    On a lighter note: You do know the most corrupt and dishonest city in the nation is Washington DC, so don’t put too much into what you hear from there. Just offer your prayers.

  3. My dear friend, you have spoken well as you quoted the scriptures. The Lord is not pleased with our actions. We are truly all one in Christ, but in some of our brothers and sisters minds they believe that they are separate from and superior to the rest of the world and that they live on their own accord. It only shows the ignorants, lack of understanding and knowledge of those who say and write such things. Let us not become like them and get caught up in their evil ways of doing. For their is only one God and one judge and He never makes a mistake. This quote of yours says it all, “At the very least, they are mired in sin and don’t even realize or know it. I am going to pray for these people and for my racist friend, but this ugliness confuses me — these individuals think their behavior is perfectly fine in the eyes of God. How can they be so blind?” Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this very ugly topic that to many just overlook and believe it’s OK to disrespect another human being. May the Lord, our God continue to bless you with His abundant love.


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