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.”
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?