The ONLY Cure For Racism
James 2:1: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
When we receive Jesus into our hearts, He forgives our sin, changes our hearts, shows us the evils of sin (our own and the sin of others) and He helps us to stop committing it. Racism is sin. Jesus is the only one that can cure racism. He is the only one that can change the hearts of men from racist to loving. A man without Christ might be able to change his behavior slightly and make his racism less obvious to others, but the only REAL solution is to surrender one*s heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. A racist is either not a Christian at all or he is not a committed and growing Christian. If a man is an unrepentant racist, it is impossible for me to believe that he is a Christian.
Hearts and lives with Christ in them are fertile fields where the Holy Spirit plants and harvests love.
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Hearts and lives of fleshly (evil) men without Christ are fertile fields where Satan plants and harvests all kinds of evil, including racism.
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Galatians 5:19-25: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ*s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Expecting individuals with hearts that have not been changed by the Lord to behave in a loving fashion is unwise, unrealistic and will be disappointed. It isn*t going to happen.
Luke 6:43: For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
People without Christ don*t have the love of God in them, therefore it is impossible for it to come out of them. People try to eradicate racism in all sorts of ways that actually increase it. Those without Christ are willing to try anything but the one thing that works, the love of God.
Romans 12:21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Many people try to overcome racism with things that are not good and that don*t work. None of them are produced by the love of God, they don*t change hearts of men and they don*t make men better. A few things that come to mind are politicians without Christ, man-made laws, violence, fear-mongering, demonstrations, riots, damaging property, revenge, etc. If the hearts of men are unchanged, the cause has not been dealt with and the symptoms will crop up later or somewhere else. If you believe that the solution to racism is anything other than receiving Jesus, you are part of the problem.
The greatest good is sharing the good news of God*s life-changing forgiveness. However they felt about me before, I have noticed that when I share the gospel with white people and they receive Jesus, they don*t hate me. However they felt about me before, I have also noticed that when I share the gospel with black people and they receive Jesus, they don*t hate me either.
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