No one argues that racism exists, because everyone knows it does. Some sociologists believe that the minority in any culture cannot be racist because they are in the minority and therefore are the victims of the majority. However when I see videos like the one that is linked, I think racism is a human problem, and it permeates all races. This video has some graphic language, so I warn you ahead of time. However, it makes a case that racism isn’t just a white problem.
The “Black Lives Matter” crowd gets angry when you mention things like, “all lives matter” not just black lives, because they want the race issue to be front and center. They want to make their statements, block roadways, and disrupt normal commerce to make their point. In a recent march to the Minnesota State fair grounds, the protesters were chanting about killing cops by the words, “pigs in a blanket, fry them up like bacon.”
Not exactly the best way to influence people to be sympathetic to your cause.
Whatever the differences we have between the races, we also have things in common.
- First, we are both made in the image of God, which means that skin color is God’s idea. When someone is a racist against a specific group of people, they are really discrediting God. Racism is a sin against God, because all races are His creative idea.
- Secondly, we are both Americans, we share the same country, the same language, and have the same opportunities to excel at the pursuit of happiness.
Is there white privilege? Sure there is, but there are a lot of privileges in our society given to the select and the popular. There are privileges that go with education, political office, and being wealthy. There are all kinds of privileges that are not afforded to us common folk because we are not movie stars, famous, nor are we newsmakers. There are many privileges in our culture that most of us do not qualify for, and that’s okay. Personally, I don’t need to have those privileges to have character and find happiness in which God created me to find. I have known Christians who were passed over for jobs they were qualified for because their resume listed jobs they had with ministry organizations. Sometimes having a good conservative background is a negative in our left leaning world. So there is a privilege of being a liberal in the world of education, government, politics, the arts and media. So we can cite privilege in all kinds of places, and even the black community has “black privilege” where the race card is played to escape arrest or from being prosecuted. The race card can also get jobs, acceptance into higher learning institutions, and qualify for discrimination lawsuits. That’s all privilege, much like “white privilege” it is all in your perspective.
Listening to the protests, and watching the hatred in the conversations surrounding race, I am saddened to think as Americans we can’t come to a better solution than, “black lives matter” campaigns. At the end of the day, all this does is spew more hatred and anger through our society. As a result of these racial tensions, we are seeing more cops killed and lawlessness setting the course in our cities. Why can’t we chant “Cops Lives Matter Too?” So where does all of this lead us? It leads us to dig in deeper and divide us all the more. Understanding doesn’t come from the divisions; it comes from our commonality of being human, and from being created by God to serve Him and each other. Show me one good positive thing that comes from demanding your way? Does that work at any level of society today?
God does call us to serve each other, to honor each other, and to love each other as God loves us. There is only one enemy and predicator to the human race and His name is Satan. He is the defender of rights, the owner of making others pay, and he is the creator of the tensions between people. Remember, Jesus said he came to rob, steal and destroy.
I believe the tensions can be eased by getting the gospel into the hearts of everyone who is protesting, and those who are critical of their cause. All sides need a good dose of humility, and a willingness to ask God for the help that is needed to bring all sides together to make a better America for all races and groups of people. Jesus said that the world will create the tribulation, but in Him there would be peace.
33I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
There is no other solution outside of God, race will continue to matter, and divide us into segments of society that will foster more hate than good. It is only when we see each other through the eyes of Jesus can we appreciate the diversity and the wonder of God’s creation. This verse applies to all human begins, and unless we start here, we will never solve the issues of race.
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
Not all black people agree with the movement black lives matter, Fox News did an interview with a young former marine who has a different point of view. It might be worth your time.
Keeping it honest and truthful….K