Racism is a sensitive issue at this time in United States history. Many people of varying races often use what is called “the race card” to manipulate a desired outcome. Although this happens frequently, the fact is that racism is still an issue in the United States today after all the movements and education on the subject.
My Personal Experience
During my lifetime, I have developed friendships with people of various races and cultures. I praise God for these relationships. They teach me great lessons and make positive contributions to my life.
Recently, I visited Washington, D.C. to attend a conference for educators. Of course, a friend and I took the time to tour as much as possible. Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area has people of many races and cultures. Personally, I think this is wonderful. How can we reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ if we never see them? (Incidentally, this has nothing to do with the subject of illegal immigration. That is a topic for another discussion.) What troubled me is the amount of distrust and even hatred I could feel being directed my way from some of these people. I began to become defensive in my own mind which made me feel even more uncomfortable.
I praise God for His faithfulness in sending conviction my way when my mindset is in the wrong place. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and asked me when I would be the one to walk in love. I was stunned and deeply convicted. Of course, the Holy Spirit is always right. Someone has to take the high road. Someone has to show love. What I did next is completely against my natural personality. I began smiling at these people who were starring at me as if I had no right to be in my own country. When possible, I spoke to them. Some returned my smile or my greeting. Others did not. That day, I was reminded of a valuable lesson. God’s love is unconditional. God loves even when the love is not reciprocated.
The only way to overcome the issue of racism is the same as any other sin issue–Jesus Christ! Does the Lord care about racism? Of course He does! All humans are created in His image. He did not create us all to look exactly alike or think exactly alike. Our God loves variety, and He commands us to love each other. We can appreciate the differences of others, yet be confident in who we are in Christ. How? Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Racism has been used as a political talking point. The race card has been used and abused, but we must not forget that there are still cases in which people are very racist. Through prayer and walking in the love of Christ, we can pull down this stronghold. No, we will not reach everyone, but we can start somewhere. Why not let the solution to this worldwide problem start with you? Reach out to someone of a different culture or race. Allow them to see the love of Christ in your life. The Holy Spirit has ways of tearing down walls that divide people. Let’s yield to Him!
“There is no Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male and female since you are all one in Christ Jesus,” Galatians 3:28 CSB.