Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Racism: Alive and Well

So two skin heads have made threats of assassinating Barak Obama.  I find it hard to believe that in 2008, racism is still alive and well.  So much for my naivety

I must say that I have sensed racism in the unjustified anger some people feel toward Obama.  I TOTALLY understand people opposing his political positions.  But Christians, let me ask again:  Why the hatred for the man?  Some of us need to ask ourselves if it is racially motivated.  And if it is, we need to get down on our knees and ask God to forgive us.

Am I passionate about this?  YES!  I grew up in racially-segregated Mississippi.  I have seen the ugliness of judging a person simply based on the color of his/her skin.  I have heard the cruel and ungodly jokes told and broad generalizations made.  I wish I could say that what I witnessed was outside of church.  But it was as common in church as out.  Even as we claimed to be "the right church."  How "right" is that?
The truth of the matter is:  I don't see a HINT of Jesus in it.  And being Jesus to the world is the clearest evidence of being "the right church."     


Anonymous said...

I agree with you. I have absolutely no problem voting for a person whose skin color is different from mine, as long as I agree with his political platform.

You commented about racism in the church. Unfortunately it's alive and well. I recently had to address a racially motivated situation and it made me angry!

I was run out of an East Texas church because I promoted reaching out to the black community. I was told by the elders, "They have their own church." They said more, but that's how they started their rebuttal. It wasn't long after that I was back in school pursuing another profession. But God had other plans.

Rick Ross said...

And I am glad He did!

Jeff said...

I saw it growing up in East Texas. It's crazy that color can make a difference and amazing that Satan can find such a seemingly small thing to use in such evil ways.

My high school (the white one - even though there were black students) was once called the Rebels and when we played the cross-town high school (the black one - even though there were white students) there were plenty of Confederate flags flying and fights breaking out. For whatever reason, I never saw it as a racial battle, just a rivalry but I know there were others who saw it differently.

Josh Ross said...

It breaks my heart.

We have people like James Dobson who want to use the phrase, "It is time for us to return to the Christian nation that we used to be." Usually, this is referring to pre-1970's.
Our African-American friends won't say, "A-men" to this statement.
Yes, bibles were in school, but blacks weren't allowed in schools. Yes, prayer was in school, but blacks couldn't sit in restaurants and pray prayers over the same meals as whites.
We still have a long ways to go when it comes to embracing the essence of Gen.1:26.