I have been wanting to write about the topic of racism and anti-racism but I haven’t known what to say. I’m afraid to say the wrong thing. I am angry. So angry! I heard that white people should be allies in fighting racism but I’m not really sure how to do that. I’ve seen lots of lists of books to read but that seems too passive. I have also tried starting to talk to M.J. about race but I’m not sure he really understands very much.
I think I will start with sharing many different Bible verses about racism. It makes me angry how many “Christian” people are racist. And they wonder why people don’t want to come to church. I am so thankful I attend a church that accepts people of all different races. 1st John 2:9-11 says:
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” NIV
This shouldn’t be a surprise but God wants us to love everyone. Everyone is equal regardless of their race. Everyone SHOULD be treated equally regardless of their race.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1st John 4:8
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1st John 4:20 NIV
If we love God we should love all of our brothers and sisters. If you say you love God but don’t love people do you really love God? I don’t know people’s hearts but saying you love God and then saying, “I’m not racist but Black people are lazy.” seems to be contradictory. First of all that statement is racist and if you have to start a sentence with “I’m not racist” maybe you should think about what you’re going to say. If you love God you should love everyone. I feel like this is common sense but it apparently needs to be said.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17 NIV
If we see and hear people being racist and do nothing it is sin. If we ignore racist “jokes” and comments we are not showing love. If we know something someone is saying is wrong and we do nothing we are also wrong.
“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:16-17 NIV
It is not enough to say, “I’m not racist.” white people need to be allies and fight against racism. We need to recognize our white privilege and fight for everyone to be treated equally.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 37-40 NIV
I know I am being repetitive but I am trying to make a point. The Bible repeatedly says if we love God we should love others. That means we should love everyone! Love everyone! Love everyone! Are you getting my point?
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV
Racism is not going to stop until White people speak up also. Minorities shouldn’t be the only ones standing up for themselves. Everyone should do whatever is possible to stop racism.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV
I have been praying for things to get better. I have been praying that God will show me what I can do to help. I have been praying for the family of George Floyd. I have been praying about all the hate and racism in the world. I encourage you to pray about these things, too. I have been thanking God that I am safe and praying that everyone else can be safe, too. It shouldn’t end with prayer though. We should speak up against racism and do whatever we can to fight it.
“If not us, then who, if not me and you, Right now, it’s time for us to do something. If not now, then when will we see an end to all this pain? It’s not enough to do nothing. It’s time for us to do something.”- Do Something by Matthew West
Books to read: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Mercy-Story-Justice-Redemption/dp/081298496X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=23VNRGPXC9TJL&dchild=1&keywords=just+mercy+book&qid=1591039238&sprefix=just+mercy+%2Caps%2C1627&sr=8-1, https://www.amazon.com/All-Kinds-People-Shelley-Rotner/dp/0823439720/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=all+kinds+of+people&qid=1591039353&sr=8-2, https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Antiracist-Ibram-Kendi/dp/0525509283/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1FXL2GL49TSC0&dchild=1&keywords=how+to+be+antiracist+ibram+x+kendi&qid=1591039432&sprefix=how+to+be+antira%2Caps%2C877&sr=8-1, https://www.amazon.com/Be-Bridge-Pursuing-Racial-Reconciliation/dp/0525652884/ref=sr_1_1?crid=324WXX3J1OTPD&dchild=1&keywords=be+the+bridge+latasha+morrison&qid=1591039478&sprefix=be+the+bridge+%2Caps%2C912&sr=8-1