Thursday May 28, 2020

 I'm sure that many may know how I feel, but there is something that needs to be addressed anyway. There is a deep-seated problem in our country. How wide-spread, I do not know. But something needs to be said. It is the problem of racism.
   As I was growing up, during my formative years, I was taught that in this great American experiment our society was a melting pot. People from all over the world came (granted some were forced, but that is a different discussion) to form a new nation, a new culture, where our past heritages melted to form the American people. We all stood as Americans, not hyphenated Americans. I was taught to see all people as equal. Those lessons in school just reinforced what I was taught in church, that we are all created in the image of God, regardless of the shades of our skin.
   What is happening in our nation is heart-breaking. It saddens me but it also angers me. Now I admit, that I have, in my own life, had to deal with my personal prejudices. If we are all honest, we will all admit that deep within us there is some prejudices, judgments that we make on the basis of nothing other than skin color. I have repented of those things and seek throughout my life to see people as God sees them, souls that He created and that He loves.
   Perhaps the worst thing I see is when racism invades the church. Ephesians 2:14 says, "For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall." When this verse is put into its larger context, one comes to understand that Paul is talking about the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile. That racial barrier is broken down in Christ, in the Church. In other words, there is no room in the heart of a Christian to be racist. We are all one in Christ. We are all one race - the human race.
   There is so much I want to say, but the space prevents me. For now, it is time to examine our own hearts. It is time for us to love one another and quit being automatically suspicious of one another. It is time to reach out to our brothers and sisters of all ethnic groups and try to understand one another. May God have mercy on us. 
Bro. Darren