mrj wrote:Shortgrass, as 'racism' too often appearing to be useful/used as a political tool to denigrate one official or candidate or another, seems to fill our TV screens all too often recently, could you share some of the comments and/or conclusions with us?
Other than the actual occurrence of racism being an abomination and damaging to the victim AND the oppressor, it is difficult for me to understand how anyone who is not totally ignorant or evil, can engage in the practice. What we ordinary, and somewhat geographically isolated rural citizens can actually do about it, other than not participating, and not tolerating it is somewhat puzzling, imo.
Racism is as old as the tower of babel. God confounded peoples language so that they could not conspire against Him. Jews were prejudiced against Gentiles. Often fear of what we don't understand leads us to mistrust and dislike other races. It is stupid, but people do it. At Pentecost, Christ did a miracle in causing everyone to hear in his own tongue, sort of healing the barrier created at babel. Now those in Christ can unite to serve Him. Soapweed had some good comments. This post is not to address political issues, but to hear what scripture says about the issue. Eph 2 is a good read, as are the other references, but Eph points out that God is building a house, and we may be asked to serve beside someone we may not view as "worthy" as ourselves, but we must work together to build His kingdom. Christ has torn down the wall between God and man; It is wrong if man lets the barrier between man and man stand. Hope these thoughts help. The political rant is not an authority on the issue; ignore it.