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June 22, 2018, 9:45 AM

The Real Story on Racism

What exactly is racism? Is racism a black cop arresting a white man or a white cop arresting a black man? Is racism a person not hiring someone of a different color because they aren't qualified? Is racism a white person feeling scared in a black neighborhood? What exactly is racism? 

There are lots of definitions, but in my book racism is descriminating against someone merely because of their culture or their skin color. Let me give you an example. I was talking to an older man one time. He was saying that he was going to stop going to this car dealership that he'd bought several vehicles off of, because they had hired a black manager. I asked him if he knew the man or had any bad dealings with him. He said he didn't know him, but he was not going to do business with can fill in the blank. I was very angry and told him what I thought. This was pure racism. 

Division by race is or culture is a battle that Jesus dealt with in his time on earth. When he walked up to that well to get a drink and he talked to the woman there she was shocked. She even asked him why he was speaking to her. Jesus was breaking all kinds of cultural rules. He was a man speaking to a woman. He was also a Jew and she was a Samaritan. She knew that he could get in big trouble for doing what he was doing. He didn't care. Jesus was not bound by the cultural boundaries that people had set up. He crossed over them, because he cared about all people regardless of their nationality or their gender. 

So how do we deal with this in 2018 as a believer? We need to follow the example of Jesus. We need to value people not based on what race they are or what gender they are, but based upon the fact that they are human.  We must decide that we are not going to give into what we've traditionally done or just by what makes us feel comfortable. We treat people the way Jesus taught us to. 

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