The Race Card -Which Side Are You On?

Someone shared a story on Facebook recently about an African-American woman giving her account of a racist stereotype she experienced while out shopping. The video was about five minutes long. The woman ended it with a statement that went something like this, “This is the life of African-Americans in America. This is what we deal with daily.” I thought to myself, she should speak for herself. As an African-American woman, racism is not my daily life at all.

I do not doubt there is tremendous racism in our nation. I read news stories online and it’s a shame the types of comments I read. Horrible racist comments from all parties. It doesn’t matter what the story is about, people find a way to include racist comments.  Yes, some people are racist. Some people truly have deep hate in their hearts toward other ethnicities. Yes, some employers are racist. Some people in law enforcement are racist. Some people in politics are racist. There are some people in America who are racist! I get it. Now what? Some people hate their parents. Some people hate their children, their friends, family, neighbors. Some people hate God. But what should we do? Spend our lives battling what someone else hates? Again, I know it’s here. My entire family grew up in the south and lived through horrible racism. However, in my 40 plus years, I recall open racism toward me three times – all when I was a child. I’m not suggesting people have not been racist toward me as an adult. If it happened, it went unnoticed by me – because I wasn’t looking for it. I have an adult African-American son who drives alone all the time. I pray every day for his safety. I’ve taught him to be respectful to authority, and remind him if he’s ever pulled over to be respectful. I pray God would protect him from corruption, because I don’t doubt there’s corruption in law enforcement. But after I live and faithfully serve God, and after I pray for God’s love and protection over me and my family, what else can I do?

When we take the time to study world history, we learn slavery, corruption, moral depravity, oppression, is not linked to only America and one race. We should never forget the affliction others endured, but we also should not live in deep anger over it. God has never been okay with human suffering at the hands of others. People have been killed simply because of the color of their skin. Jewish people murdered because they were Jewish. Christians have been burned alive because they wouldn’t relent their faith in Jesus. All of this still happens today. But are we going to walk around like victims, or like Christ followers despite injustice? Are we going to pray for those who persecute us, or help the media spread hate all day long? I choose to pray for our nation. I choose to pray for our communities and government. I choose to pray for families and children to know and serve God. I choose to be an example of Christ, so others might see Jesus through me. So no, my daily life is not full of racist incidents. My daily life is Christ.  I might be naive and that’s fine with me, but I happen to see the beauty of this world, and that’s because I choose to see Jesus Christ everywhere I go.

Lord thank-you for this world. We praise you for the sun, the moon, the stars and the sky. We praise you for the ocean, the mountains, the deserts and the valleys. We praise you for the snow, the rain, thunder and lightening. We praise you for orange trees that come in the fall. We praise you for land animals and sea creatures. We praise you for the soft breeze after a long day. Oh Lord, we have great power, yet we do not know it. We have great power to be hateful or loving. We have great power to see only bad – or the good. Lord help us to not live our lives as different people against one another, but as one race, children of God,  loving and serving only You. In Jesus name. Amen.

Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” 


 

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “The Race Card -Which Side Are You On?

  1. Thank you for your heart but it important to be conscious and active in fighting against racism in our society. That does not contradict your faith in God or love for enemies. I think that our Christian community has failed in the sense that they ignore racial issues too often and tend to advocate for a color blind community, which is toxic. As a Christian, it is important to pray for others and love others and I am a adamant critic against those who place more of an identity on their race than on their faith. I recognize how the obsession of racism can be idolatry. However, the same can be said for ignoring racism. The same can be said for people who are unwilling to listen to the stories and pain of their black and brown brothers and sisters who are suffering. There is a toxicity in being silent about injustices in our society that God deeply cares about. In regards to the race card, yes, people can take things overboard and it can blind them. The same can be said about many whites who deny that race is ever a problem or white Christians who refuse to recognize that race is an issue or refuse to LISTEN to those Christians who have experienced it. I recently wrote a blog about this very issue of Christian colorblindness and how churches reluctance and resistance to discussing racism is toxic. I also provide tips on how churches can be better at addressing this issue.

    https://jholmes90blog.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/the-colorblind-christian-the-toxicity-of-the-churchs-silence-on-racism/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for this amazing comment. I completely agree with your statement. I sometimes find myself at odds over this issue. I feel if I’m not up in arms over racism then I am ignorant to it. Which I am not. But at the same time I don’t want to give the impression that the pain others feel because of racism isn’t valid, because it is. I just wish we understood racism on a bigger level. It’s not one-sided as it seems. We allow ourselves to become victims we when believe everything that happens to us is because of the color of our skin. We throw out responsibility. No it’s not because I did something wrong – it’s because of my skin. I don’t doubt racism at all. But we cannot camp there. If someone is racist toward me that’s not my issue. I am a child of God who has a great purpose to advance God’s Kingdom. I would be naive to think the church doesn’t play a part in this either. We can read church history and find racism. I just pray we could peacefully and respectfully share our hurts and feelings in love. Thanks again. I will read your post 🙂

      Like

Did You Like This Post? Share Your Thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s