In just the last 100 years, we’ve seen genocide in Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Nazi Germany, and Armenia. Tens of millions of men, women, and children killed in mass atrocities. Millions tortured and raped and left for dead.
We aren’t innocent in the United States. … 4,000 Cherokee died of cold, hunger and disease on the Trail of Tears. In the 1830s, 100,000 Native Americans were forced from their homes in favor of white settlers and their black slaves.
Racism …. it isn’t a political stance or an applause line in a stump speech. It is ignorance and hate.
And it isn’t Christian.
I read in my Bible that Jesus used a Samaritan as the example of the neighbor you should love, only the Jews bitterly hated the Samaritans. It was so bad that the Samaritans desecrated the Temple at Passover with human bones.
But that didn’t stop Jesus from using a Samaritan as an example of love. Doesn’t sound racist to me.
There was also the Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4: 1-42)
How can I do less than follow that example? How can I do less than try and erase racism and hate from my heart?
As Christians, we have become very attuned to speech we believe attacks our faith. It is my sincere prayer today that we become just as alert to racist talk, and just as proud to stand against it.