If you could break down the root cause of racism in one word, what would the word be? If you were given the power stop racism with one word, what would that word be? The racism issue may seem complex and impossible to solve, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When strained race relations and racism are broken down to the ridiculous, it comes down to two words that many people choose to ignore. We will come to these two words later.
Luke 6:43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Racism has been a part of history almost as long as humans have existed. Here in America, many people have worked tirelessly to stem the tide of racism. Names from the past like Dr. King, Robert Kennedy, and Rosa Parks come to mind. The civil rights movement had a tremendous effect on our society and finally the darkness of oppression was lifted. America isn’t a perfect nation and although the turbulent 1960s saw the end of wide spread, state sanctioned racism….the root cause still exists to this day.
I want to briefly mention that although this nation isn’t perfect and there were dark days in our history, America is a land where the playing field is now level. Black, Hispanic, Asian, and White people all have the same opportunities for a bright future. If a person….regardless of color is willing to work hard, come in early, stay late, go the extra mile, take initiative, and be creative….the possibilities are endless. When people work harder to find solutions rather than excuses, great things can happen.
Does this mean that everything is perfect here? No…things aren’t perfect, because there are still people (of all colors) who were born into disadvantaged situations. Moms are left by “men” who refuse to take ownership of children they helped bring into the world. Drug and alcohol abuse has ravaged the inner cities. When the father leaves the home, the home no longer functions as it was supposed to. When he leaves the home, the primary provider and mentor leaves children to face this world at a great disadvantage. Despite all of these challenges and sometimes overwhelming odds…..there are numerous accounts of Children beating the odds and moving onto a bright future. Even with all of the imperfections of the American system, this is still a land of opportunity for those who are willing to work hard and refuse to wear the label of victim.
Here we are forty years after the civil rights movement and racism is still with us. Race relations seemed to improve over the last four decades, but now in just the past few years, it is clear that all is not well. Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Charlotte and other major cities are resembling the old days marred by violence and hatred. There are isolated cases of a very small number of white police officers exhibiting brutality. They should and will be punished according to the law.
But here is the thing, a vast majority….over 99% of our law enforcement officers are the real deal.
These men and women put their lives on the line everyday to protect citizens and uphold the law. These Black, White, Asian, and hispanic officers don’t ask about the race of a robbery, shooting, mugging, auto accident, or abuse victim….they simply get there quickly to help.
The overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers are kind compassionate people who took a difficult job because they care about (all) people and they deserve respect.
Anarchists, agitators, and the entitled are always looking to exacerbate a crisis and where a crisis doesn’t exist….they will start one. The recent events at the University of Missouri “Missou” and other campuses, is a prime example of the entitlement mentality of some of the youth in the nation. These kids are attending college, living in warm dormitories, and eating wholesome meals in modern cafeterias. They take it for granted that they are getting a world class education…when in other parts of the world, education is a luxury for the chosen few.
Regardless of what opinion you have about the events leading up to Fergusson, Baltimore, Charlotte, or other places….what followed each event was disastrous. Instead of letting ‘due process’ run it’s lawful course, people take matters into their own hands.
Agitators and anarchists burn down businesses, torch busses and police cars, while homeowners are left defenseless because their neighborhood has become a war zone where even the firefighters and paramedics are targeted when responding to calls for help.
People who are bent on causing trouble come in all colors. Their “apologists” come in all colors too, but lately…a majority have been self loathing white kids on college campuses who are whining about “white privilege and safe spaces.” These white kids (usually 20 somethings who are bored), conjure up a self loathing of being white because they want attention and want to be accepted by the anarchists around them.
Let’s go back to our two questions: What if you could break down the root cause of racism to one word? Racism at it’s very core is an issue of the human heart. It’s the heart that devises evil, it’s the heart that is goaded on by greed and selfishness. Yes…racism does still exist but it only exists in the heart of a person who is bent on self, greed, and pride. James sums up this heart condition well and it is the root cause of racism on all sides:
James 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people!
Deep in a Black, White, Asian, or Hispanic heart are motives. What motivates you is the driving force behind the way we treat people. If we focus on our own heart, then the facades must fall. The facades include the violence and hatred of (some) in the Black Lives Matter movement. The facades include the self loathing white 20 somethings crowd…wallowing in the label of white privilege. This is pride and narcissism at it’s core. The facade also includes people of every color who choose to blame others for every evil in the world, instead of examining their own heart. This facade also includes some white people who claim to be Christians, all the while despising black people and other minorities.
What if we could stop racism with one word? Unfortunately racism will be a part of this world the Prince of Peace reigns on this planet. Although we cannot completely eradicate the evil of racism from this world, there is a way it can be purged from an individual human heart with one word: Jesus
It is the heart that looks at another person of a different race and views them as something less. It’s counter culture and not normal for us to view others just as valuable and important as we are or to love them when we have no reason to love them. Since this value and love of other humans outside of our family isn’t normal, where does this ability come from?
It comes from a transformed human heart….a heart that has been washed and cleansed by Jesus. He alone can do this work in hearts. You can’t change your heart by yourself. You cant march, self loathe, protest, shout, join hands, hold posters, boycott, sit in, or label others enough to change yourself. Only Jesus can make your heart new.
He will give you a heart that looks at people of all races as created equally by God and loved just as much by Him. Resist the silly notion that you can change society and confront racism with angry tweets, posts, and speeches. While many people are screaming at others for being racists, they have ignored the fact that they themselves are racists. They chastise other white people for being white. There is black on black violence, black on white violence, and white violence driven by hatred of blacks….it all comes from an evil heart. This may not be politically correct, but it’s the truth: All races are capable of being racist.
During the coarse of my life as a white man, I have heard some of the most reprehensible things said about other races by white people, including African Americans. Those labels and statements are wrong, unloving, and ungodly. Is is possible for a white Christian to love God and despise black people? Certainly not, because if someone claims to love God while hating others, they are a Christian in name only. Loving black people as a white Christian man gives evidence of a renewed mind and heart. You can’t conjure up love for others, only God will give you love for others, including other races that the world can’t manufacture.
If you are a white Christian, don’t let the hateful talk of others fester. If a white Christian tears down black people or others in front of you, it’s a godly thing to put a stop to it and tell them they are wrong. It’s the same for black people, how can we say we love God and not love people because of their skin color?
There is racism on all sides and no single race is immune to hate. Just looking at the example of recent riots we can see white people beaten and chased by mobs of young black men yelling, “Get the white__followed by expletives.” This type of anger is not only fueled by frustration, it is fueled by the lack of grounding.
Here’s what I mean, if people have no one to answer to then they are capable of doing almost anything. If a young black man or young white man has no moral grounding and no God to answer to, why should we expect anything less than worldly behavior, hate, and selfishness. On the other hand, if the same young men have a genuine relationship with God through Jesus, they are changed from the inside out. As well intended as they are, no civic effort, social program, or rehabilitation can produce the lasting results at the heart level only Christ can bring.
Racism is a form of heart disease and if left untreated…it’s terminal.
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
The two words that are at the core of the racism issue are: Heart and Jesus
Our heart motive determines our actions. Jesus is the answer to racism because He alone can transform a heart of selfishness, pride, and hate into a heart of love.
When a person becomes a Christian…the barriers that Satan has used to divide us must fall. We are one family under our Lord Jesus. Of course people will celebrate their customs, heritage, culture and that’s good. The point I’m making is this: When I see a brother or sister in Christ….I see family.
When a person writes this ministry with a prayer request, a praise report, or a concern…..I don’t screen them for color, that would be hateful and twisted. All people are created in the image of God. Every human on this earth is deeply loved by Him so much that He sent His Son to die for them. As a Bible teacher I want to make it clear that…racism and Christianity are diametrically opposed to one another. If you claim to follow Jesus, but hate people of different races…examine your heart. God has made all believers family under His Son and we will all be together in heaven forever.
Galations 3:23 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
If you are reading this article and sense the tension in our society and especially in your own heart in the recent months, you need to know that Jesus is the answer to the evil of racism in your heart regardless of your skin color. He promises to transform your heart if you’ll let Him. If you will acknowledge the evil, hatred, and vileness of your sinful heart, then he will make you clean. When the Lord cleanses your heart, you will then be enabled to show (genuine love) for people of all races. Don’t let the lies and agenda of anyone or anything stand in the way of total heart renewal. As a white Christian let me close by saying, I love black people and I abhor what racism is doing to this country and most importantly to people’s hearts. I’m pleading with both black and white believers to reach out with the love of Jesus to others.
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