Red, Yellow, Black, White, All are Precious
I admit it. This is a “soapbox” post. If you are a Christian, speak up on this issue! Let’s live according to the principle of God’s Word “in honor preferring one another” and quit the bickering.
Finally, after more than a fill of talk about racism and the Zimmerman case, I am going to speak. Why? Tonight, I was peacefully eating a sandwich, fries, and a soft drink when the television in the restaurant broadcast a familiar voice. It was President Obama. He spoke of the Martin-Zimmerman case as if the only ethnic group in America that was treated poorly was the Negro population. He is wrong.
President Obama often speaks without background information; thus he often mistakenly gives only his one-sided opinion. Think of being of Japanese ancestry during and directly after World War II. It was not easy. Our country hosted prison camps filled with Japanese war criminals. Some of those folks were wrongfully arrested and held prisoner. Somehow, they and their families worked through it.
The same is true of my ancestors. Germans were despised because of Hitler’s threats to overtake Europe. Several people in our neighborhood put my father in suspect just because of his German heritage. Grandpa and Dad often spoke in the German language freely and if with other Germans, spoke fluently with them. Neither of them had a pronounced German accent when they spoke English. Yet, they felt the pressure of being German.
Because America is a land of equal opportunity, my grandfather was able to homestead 120 acres of farmland and had a dairy herd that took care of his family, then the farm was handed down to my father. By the time I was in high school, most of the German ridicule and name calling had disappeared. We melded into a community of Polish, Germans, Swedes, and Norwegians.
The truth is, racism is not specifically for one color or another. It is driven by bigotry. It is fueled with selfish people of all stripes who refuse to accommodate. It has always been there, and regretfully, it will continue. The remedy lies in the Biblical truth that we are commanded to treat each other with respect, in fact, “in honor, preferring one another.” (Romans 12:10) Paul writes to Timothy, probably because of the collection of different peoples in Ephesus, “I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” (I Timothy 5:21)
Although our past be riddled with mistakes, this serious warning given with directness, needs to be followed. Without living in the awe and respect for God’s Law, dissention will continue. Color is not the problem. Sin is the problem. Only by personal choice does a person turn from sin, repent, and become a new creature in Christ. (II Corinthians 5:17) Only then does racial discord cease to function