Monday, January 18, 2010

I Have a Dream...

I wasn't alive in the 1960's. I never saw the segregation that separated whites and black to the point that blacks could not eat at the same places as whites (except for eating spiritual food in Church...). But, I've seen plenty of racism. I've seen whites that don't like blacks and blacks that don't like whites, etc. I suppose that the only place where there will no longer be any racism is in Heaven (I suspect if some "Christian's" make it there they will want separate sections for white and black...)

There should not be any racism among those who claim the Name of Christ! Unfortunately I've seen many who claim to be Christian's who have a problem in this area. The Church is the one place where everyone should be welcomed - regardless of race, financial status, etc. Sadly the most segregated place in America is in Church on Sunday mornings...

My stance on this issue has unfortunately caused some people to stop attending my Church**. However, this is an issue I can not compromise on because God makes His position very clear on it! If I can't love my neighbor and invite them to my Church - regardless of their race - than I would sin against Him! If Jesus died for everyone (and He did!) than I must do my best to win everyone. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was right: we should not judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. May God help those of us who claim His Name to obey His Word!

"Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism  35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right." Acts 10:34-35

"God does not show favoritism." Romans 2:11

"1My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet," 4have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it." James 2

"26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 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." Galatians 3

**This is not a reference to the church I currently pastor as this was written in 2010 prior to my moving to Tarrant and thankfully this has not happened here and as far as I know there is no one here who feels this way.

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