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Racism

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”- Nelson Mandela

I hope your week went well? On this side of town and to a global extent, the world has been protesting about police brutality in light of the unfair, brutal and racist killing of George Floyd.

I was shocked to see Germany undergoing a protest for this cause. Maybe after all, the world is indeed a global village. I think the pandemic awoken us to that reality.

The ugly head of racism seems to rear its head every now and then. Can it be eradicated completely? I don’t think so, but we can bring it to a minimal effect where it will have less notoriety and less power to harm the civics and the basic decency of human society.

I know one of the unhealthy ways to deal with racism is to promote colorblindness. That is so hypocritical and very unreal. The truth is, we are unique with different skin tones and melanins and different backgrounds. It has to be realized, recognized and appreciated. Our differences should complement each other, rather than driving a wedge between us.

Racism happens because of the conditioning of the human heart. The human heart in general is wicked, where every thought or evil imagination springs from. If you are reading thinking, “this can’t be me… virtually impossible”. You are the one I am talking to. We have to stop overestimating our goodness and morality, and accept the reality that our hearts can conceive such a thing. With that mindset, we will work hard on the condition of our hearts.

Let me leave you with this quote from the Bible to ponder on:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬

So in Nelson Mandela’s quote, is a remedy to racism: the heart has to be taught how to love. The best tutor on love is God. We all need to surrender to God’s unconditional love and experience it. It is only from that vantage point, that we can effectively practice the God kind of love which will silence the voice of racism.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭

Racism is also a systemic problem. It has crawled into the high corridors of power like governmental positions, business positions and in law enforcement positions etc. I think when it comes to systems, there is none as strong as the government. So the root to this issue is to exercise your vote as a citizen. Let your vote speak in every election year. Be a voice and determine who occupy sensitive seats of power. It breaks my heart to see people not voting and exercising their right, and later they complain about the ills and misfortunes of society. In fact, they are part of the problem. When you cut the source of oxygen in the tank, the fish cease swimming. Never underestimate your vote!

Each and every person reading this should be a change agent and have zero tolerance for racism. When we stand as a united front and protest this vehemently, we will shake the core foundations of this very evil thing. Protests (peaceful ones) brings an awareness that there is a problem. It will sometimes aid in discussions with power brokers to effect change.

I am tired of seeing people, particularly black lives being racially profiled and murdered senselessly. It has a racist tone, and until we call it what it is, we will never get to the root of this issue.

This is my two cents for today on this topic, and hope to see justice served for all victims of racist attacks and murders.

I will keep on using my little platform to write on this and shed more light on this evil thing. You also have a platform, use it for the common good of society.

We say no more to racism!

We are fed up!

We will not relent in our fight until there is change!

Please share, like and subscribe to this blog if you haven’t. As usual, I look forward to reading your comments and feedback.

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

8 thoughts on “Racism”

  1. I can’t agree with you more! Overestimating our morality and goodness is indeed when we begin to err. This is a really insightful read and challenges the course of human reasoning and understanding! Well done Rev!

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  2. Racism is a slow killer. We pray God delivers us from it and touch the hearts and change the minds of mankind.
    “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
    God bless you Pastor, for this insight on racism.

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