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Words of the Week – Christians Don’t Have the Luxury of Being…
By Brian W. Carter, Contributing Writer
Published November 7, 2018

                                    Brian W. Carter (File photo)

Racism is one of the ugliest aspects of humanity and one of the toughest battles many deal with internally every day. An old artifact of life, racism cuts to the core of many issues in current day society. It lies at the heart of many wars, rebellions and death — racism has taken countless lives.

Many have had to deal with the slings and arrows of hate due to their skin color, and in some cases, have become the very hate they were striving against. I always say, as long as there is humanity, there will be racism — but Jesus changes everything.

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” — 1 John 4:20

“But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” — 1 John 2:11

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”— 1 John 3:15

For Christians, we do not have the luxury of being racist. There is no excuse we can perch ourselves on, the Lord tells us in His Word that being racist makes us lying, blind murderers.

When we carry hate in our hearts, it nullifies God working in you. God is love and so should we be to others if He abides in our hearts. We all struggle with sin issues, some of us struggle with racism, but we’ve been given a mighty means to rise above it and that is Jesus.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”— Philippians 4:13

When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we stepped out of our own strength to deal with this world and into His — and His strength is sufficient. The things that overwhelm us and beset us are now in His hands and He will give us strength to overcome and conquer all, not some, but all.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” — Mark 12:31

A neighbor has been defined as: a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to. This is anyone near you — we have been told by Jesus to love others the same way we love ourselves. So that makes me wonder, if people can’t love others, is it because they don’t love themselves?

If all you can do is share hate with someone else, how can you possibly love yourself? The answer ultimately lies in seeking the Lord because He is love and He gives us the power and strength to love others.

There are Christians who struggle with racism, but all is not lost because we have Jesus and He will help all overcome. We can’t afford to let hate abide in our hearts today as the world is filled to the brim with it.

We need to have the love of the Lord in our hearts to hold back the tide until our Savior returns.

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