According to the Webster’s dictionary, racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. The interesting part of this definition is that racism is a belief. This is a word that Christians should be all too familiar with. Belief is something that drives our actions and shapes our responses. Every person has a set of beliefs that shape who they are; whether they acknowledge them or not. But the interesting part is that not all beliefs are based upon fact or infallible truths. In this case, the belief is that a person’s race or skin color or culture makes them more important or less important than another
As Sons of God, we are called to bring back the souls of men to their God and turn them from darkness into light. In this case, some experience the darkness of racism and their belief system is often translated into action, which, at some point may affect you in a very personal way. But we must not forget our purpose. No matter what the condition of a soul is, our mission to save them must be at the forefront. We cannot get distracted by how someone’s beliefs affect our own lives and families; instead, we must lay down our lives for others even as Christ laid down His life for those who intentionally killed Him.
On the flip side, you may be realizing that you have believed in racism (even in subtle ways) and that has driven your actions as well. As a result, you may have treated others unfairly based on your own judgement. God offers grace to you as well. I encourage you today, that if you have found yourself in any of these beliefs, that you lay them aside and trust in God. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to dictate your actions.
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