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Monday
Jul112016

Eraser Prejudice

 

Friends, what needs to be done to fix prejudice, bigotry, and hatred is not going to be easy. It is going to take going the 2nd mile, being proactively kind and respecting the needs of others above our own. Few of these actions come naturally and have to be chosen, cultivated and carefully carried out.
I do know that we cannot undo in the hurts, sorrow and damage done to people in the past. Granted the sins of our fathers carry consequence for many generations. It would be nice to say, okay let's wipe the slate clean and move on. That kind of reconciliation only happens when both sides agree to let go of the past.
Most of us will not understand the darkness put in the hearts and lives of others by abuse. Often that kind of damage is only healed by God. So for us to dismiss years of ill treatment of any group of people is a type of abuse in itself. People who have been diminished carry deep scars that never really heal.
Let us also remember, viewing every person as evil seldom allows for healing or reconciliation. With that in mind, we might find kindness and tenderness will open the door to an equal relationship between people.
Interestingly enough there is a plan for reconciliation found in the great Peacemaker. He taught us to love our enemies, bless and don't curse, repay evil with kindness, look to the needs of others, treat all people with patience. The religion of Jesus brings all people to level ground at the foot of the cross. "There is no longer slave nor free, rich or poor, male or female for we are all one in Christ" (Galatians 3:28). "For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him," (Romans 10:12). "Here (in Christ) there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. "You see in Christ we are again what God made us to be "children of God." (1 John 3:1).
The simple call of Jesus is to treat others as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). As Paul states, we are to "do good unto all men" (Galatians 6:10) and to "esteem others better than self" (Philippians 2:3).

 

 

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