Well, I have yet to write a Mindful Monday post since I’ve changed my topical series. Time and thoughts have not aligned long enough for me to get anything out on the blog.
So I am going to feed off of the topic we attempted to cover at Solomon’s Porch on Monday night in Parlor. The attendance was very low but the discussion among those that were there was genuine and honest. Ok – so you weren’t there so you’re wondering what the topic was…”Red and Yellow, Black and White…An Issue of Race.”
We established that there is no place in scripture that God talks about the different races. The only place that we see in scripture that God chose to make us different among each other was at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). This is when the people began to speak in many different languages and from there they divided and became the different nations all over the earth.
We are all created in the image of God so if you put that perspective in to play at the general assumption of racism then we’re telling God that His children are not worthy of respect. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)
There is a scripture that tells us to love our neighbor…”To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(Mark 12:33) This doesn’t limit us to those who are only in our own race.
From the discussion and personal experience, we learned that many times this tension between two races comes from differences in upbringing and culture. We begin to judge their culture and not so much their skin color. So does that make it a racial issue? If so, how do you over come that? What is the proper way to learn and appreciate someone else’s culture without insulting them?
Another touchy issue when you’re talking about racism, especially in the south, is people today (my generation) is trying to live according to what they have learned and been told by their parents or grandparents during their time when racism was a huge issue due to segregation. I try not to talk about some of the history of racism…not to ignore it…but so that I am not speaking out of ignorance. History and the past is important to embrace and to acknowledge but some times that becomes bondage to us.
So what do we do now? The best that I can understand is that we love our neighbors as ourselves and we give grace where it needs to be given. That is what the bible tells us to do!