The Solution To Racism Is Found In Scripture

By: Sonia Eizenhoefer 0 Comments   11/14/2011

Sometimes a person could have pride or be prejudice in their heart and not even be aware of it. We could have learned it from our parents and our culture.

After all it wasn’t too long ago we had African Americans sitting in the back of the bus. They were not allowed to enter certain restaurants and had to drink out of different water fountains. It is hard to believe, isn’t it? Unfortunately schools are still segregated by choice; most people want to stay with their own kind.

If one wants to change, it is possible. We just need to allow God to search our hearts and show us if we tend to stereo type people from other nationalities. If we will let him shine the light and expose it, we can be free from any of this. This will allow us to reach out to people that are different from us more often. Follow David’s example prayer;

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, oh God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting (NKJ).

Fear is the root of racism. When we come in contact with people that are different than us, it is normal to be uncomfortable around them; this is a small degree of fear. It ispossible that they might be afraid of us too. This fear might be hard to admit to, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we will see that some level of fear is there.

How can we overcome this fear? By walking in God’s love for He did not give us a spirit of fear, as it says in 2 Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (NKJ).

So we can move beyond any fear we have and allow Jesus to love others through us. In this process we will be able to overcome that uncomfortable feeling we have with others that are different than us.

Please pray about this issue and be open to repenting if you notice any pride of who you are and note if there are any you would not witness to because of skin color. Be honest with yourself and look in the mirror fully. It is OK to admit weakness that is the first step toward change.

If we could begin to see the beauty within each person we meet and allow the Lord to lead us to share our testimony with any He leads us to, it could be a wonderful opportunity for outreach. The college in our city, St. Cloud State University, draws in many different nationalities.

Over 80 countries attend this college not to mention the other colleges in the area. We don’t even have to leave the area to be a missionary; people who need the Lord are right here in our back yard if we could just open our eyes we’d see the need our there. The harvest is ripe.

I know racism is a hard topic but we need to begin having a dialogue about the problem so we can operate in God’s love. My prayer for any who read this article is to be open and willing to change. Admit to any pride you have and repent of it.

We can be more like Jesus and walk in love once we turn to Him for help. After all we could have missed out on the opportunity of salvation if Paul or Peter wouldn’t have been open to sharing the gospel with the gentiles.  

In fact Peter told us that God has no favorites.

"Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him" - Acts 10:34 (NKJ)

The solution to racism is teaching these truths to this generation and the next.  Creating more laws will not change what people believe in their hearts. Only the knowledge of Christ has the ability to change our minds.

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