Racial Prejudice brief!

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First, let’s start off by saying….GOOD AFTERNOON CHURCH!:)

I trust everyone is well and in good spirits this morning! If not, we are going to work that out, even with a fight and get you right! Glory be to God, it’s a powerful morning this morning as both feet hit the floor, you’re standing tall, lungs full of air, able to stretch up and and say to thank you Lord for another day!!! THANK YOU FATHER!!! :)……. Blessed be the name of the Lord….Let us open in prayer today, as we talk on a subject which hurts so many and has others confused and misdirected….Racial Prejudice….

Father, we come before you today with open hearts and minds, allowing you to fill the gaps of understanding as we touch on the subject of racial prejudice. Keep our hearts open for answers and discernment as we embark on this matter. Bless all those who have joined us this afternoon and enrich their hearts with understanding, love and kindness that they leave feeling rejuvenated, educated and invigorated with the love and knowledge of your word. Amen!!!

Let’s get into it!

Racial Prejudice – What Is It?
Racial prejudice is an insidious moral and social disease affecting peoples and populations all over the world. That’s correct, it is a disease….It is diagnosed by the cataloguing of its various symptoms and manifestations which include FEAR, intolerance, separation, segregation, discrimination, and hatred. While all of these symptoms of racial prejudice may be manifest, the single underlying cause of racial prejudice is ignorance. OUTRIGHT and learned… Historically, a race of people is defined as a population with distinguishable biological features.

While all humans belong to the same species, Homo Sapiens, races are distinguished from one another by such characteristics as hair color and texture, skin color, eye color and shape, size of limb and body parts, and facial features. Though scientists have reached the conclusion that these differences amongst peoples are superficial and have further agreed that all members of the species Homo Sapiens have more characteristics in common than different, mankind itself continues to view each other from the features that are outwardly perceived.

Indeed, humans are outwardly different in appearance; the problem arises when the symptoms of the disease become evident: intolerance, separation, and hatred. In a positive vein, one may embrace the differences of peoples across the face of the Earth and marvel at the uniqueness of individuals who live on a different part of the globe or across the street. Racial prejudice perverts this uniqueness of the races and takes the view that these differences separate individuals further into groups, with one group being inferior to the other.

Racial Prejudice – Do We All Have It?
Racial prejudice affects everyone. In as much as racial prejudice manifests itself in that people are “pre-judged” based on superficial characteristics, we must honestly conclude that all people “suffer” from this on various levels. When we don’t know an individual well, we consciously or unconsciously begin to characterize him or her based on what we see. Again, this is due to our ignorance of the person’s real character and personality. We will form opinions, often based along stereotypical lines: “all people of such and such race are. . .” We can fill in the blanks with such expectations that certain races are intellectually superior, others are full of avarice, another is more artistically or athletically inclined, still another has members who are apt to be dishonest, etc, etc. . . These ideas have been formed from society, media, and our own upbringing.

Maybe these ideas have been taught directly or indirectly, acted out by one’s parents. Whatever the source, even the most enlightened member of a society will find that to some extent, he or she is judging another based on the superficial aspects of race.

Racial Prejudice – What Are Its Implications For Society?
Racial prejudice has shaped the form of our present day societies; indeed, prejudice has shaped societies since time began. As far back as the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob living in the land of Goshen, peoples have been subjugated due to their differences. Beyond all of the spiritual implications of the nation of Israel living in Egypt, it is evident that the Egyptians feared the Israelites. Wherever there are differences, there is fear, intolerance, and injustice.

From Hitler and the Nazis to the Southern American slave owners, prejudice of one race against another has resulted in atrocities. To counteract the disease of racial prejudice, modern-day societies have drafted and enacted legislation to ensure that people “treat” each other with respect and dignity allowing one another their inalienable right to their pursuit of life and liberty. While man’s actions can be legislated, their hearts and fears cannot. Thus, society continues to suffer from the disease. Forums, coalitions, and initiatives continue to be formed to foster unity, understanding, and tolerance.

The best answer may be found in the Bible: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Acts 17:26 says, “He made from one blood every nation…”

Thanks to the folks over at popular issues for their input on this….

Now…..let’s really dig into this…THIS Church’s position on this issue is:

The first thing to understand in this discussion is that there is only one race—the human race. DID YOU HEAR ME CHURCH!!!:) the human race…let’s teach it…Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicities of the human race…my GOD! IT’S THE INTERNAL, NOT EXTERNAL QUALIFICATIONS THAT SHOULD BE EXAMINED IF ANYTHING!!!!! I guarantee, I can find GOOD AND bad in all….ALL PEOPLE!!!! Look at the internal; that will and should be your marker!!! All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God…WHAT!!!! Absolutely church….GOD…Somebody work with me here!! (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. Glory! Common now!;)

God does not show partiality or favoritism!!!! (Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross!!

Jesus commands us to love one another, take care of one another, respect one another as He loves us!!! Us!!! As a whole, not just you, or him, or them, US!!! Look at (John 13:34). If God is impartial and loves us with impartiality, then we need to love others with that same high standard! Come on, help me church! Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him! If we treat a person with contempt, we are mistreating a person created in God’s image; we are hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died!! MY GOD, let’s work this in a bit…love thy Neighbor or as Jesus loved you! Powerful!

Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands and thousands of years. Brothers and sisters of all ethnicities, family, this should NOT be. Victims of racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to forgive each other!!!. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserve God’s forgiveness far less!!!! What? Yep I said it!!!! Those who practice racism, prejudice, and discrimination need to repent. “Present yourselves to and before the glory of almighty God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13). May Galatians 3:28 be completely realized, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” GOD!!!!!!! Powerful you are, you are NOT beneath anyone, anything, any situation or opportunity that could come before you in this world or life…YOU ARE WORTHY!!!!!! You are WORTHY OF IT ALL!!! Go forth, stand tall, be respectful and respective to all others, empower yourselves with the Blessings of the living GOD and RISE ABOVE!!!!!!!!! You are blessed, you are worthy, you are in the image of the living GOD!!!!

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  1. Love it! 🙂

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