The origin of racism is a fact many are clueless about because it did not start in the city streets of any town. In my opinion, racism should be best described as similar to chickenpox – a thing of the past. I spent my entire life listening to this language of division. It was not math but hatred which divided humanity. Six decades later, I wonder what, if anything, have we learned about the division of people? The consensus says “nothing,” and in fact, we may be reversed in our knowledge.
I ask you, friends, what would you do if Jesus reappeared in your church on a Sunday morning or in your living room in the darkness of an evening? Is your soul cleansed, or is it consumed with bitterness for the differences in people? I spoke to my educated neighbor on the porch one day and asked her why descendants of color (such as herself) relate themselves as African Americans? She could only reply with, “That is how they like to be identified in society today.”
Dark-skinned people are no more African than I am German! Our descendants have nothing to do with the parentage who are born and raised in the United States. Racism, a word derived in the days of slavery, should have been abolished with the civil war. Jesus was of orient descent. He was not white, so I wonder, what was His take on the division of humanity?
I start the rant of racism with the church for this is where the word racism all began – shocking, isn’t it? In the first century AD, churches divided the Jews and Gentiles. The apostle Paul addressed the problem head on:
“There is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” Romans 10:12
Moving ahead two thousand years later, and in the United States, the church began racism once again – the ‘blacks’ sit upstairs, and the ‘whites’ enjoy the service below. Are you kidding me? The House of the Lord actually provoked prejudices? It makes sense to me why so many believers and non-believers think religion is filled with hypocrites. God is about unity, not separation! One day, as Jesus speaks of in the Bible, a totalitarian church will be built, and churches will fall under God’s guidelines – not their own rules. Christ will be our ultimate Pastor, who shall lead us not into temptation, which is where we are headed now.
I was in a McDonald’s in Hong Kong, many years back, and no one would take my order. People of other religions stepped in front of me as if I wasn’t standing there trying to get food. I know how it feels to be at a disadvantage. It’s incredibly sad the ignorance which rears its ugly head in the world!
I am blessed to go to work today, in a place where I am a small minority. My co-workers are like my family. So how do we make it work? Though everyone comes from different backgrounds, we have one thing in common – we believe in Jesus Christ. Reverence reassures our quality of life. We work in unison to protect our covenant of faith in God.
It’s the love of God I rant about today. Why do we go against His cautions and make ourselves divided? Our evil thoughts and slang verbiage for differences among people aren’t uttered in God’s house. It’s only in the profound gutters of dirt and filth which lies in a littered mind. We are not any better now than two thousand years ago. Can’t we at least respect all of God’s children?
Far beyond the wars of separation, let us come together in peace and bear the love of God. It is there you shall be cleansed.
“I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.” 1 Timothy 5:21