Black Lives Matter to God
Black lives do matter.
Hi gang; it’s me, Professor Nora. Am I shrinking? I look smaller? Nevertheless, the pastor wants me to speak today about racism, so I believe when discussing racism, the first question we should ask ourselves is, what is racism?
The dictionary describes racism as such:
1) A belief in racial superiority:
The belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior.
2) Animosity toward other races:
Prejudice or animosity; against people who belong to other races or religions.
3) Based on racism:
Racism based on prejudices and stereotypes related to race.
4) Prejudiced against other races:
Prejudiced against all people who belong to other races
5) A racist person:
A racist person is someone who hates others who are not of his or her own race.
What does the U.S. Declaration of Independence say about Racism?
A) In 1776 Thomas Jefferson penned, and I quote, “all men are created equal.”
B) Jefferson wrote this official proclamation during the beginning of the American Revolution.
The second question we should ask ourselves is what does the Bible say about Racism?
Thank God, the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance such as the color of men’s skin, their nationality, or their fame or their fortunes. But the Lord looks at the heart of men and women.
In (Gen.8: 21), the Lord said the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord said, the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer.17:9). In (Lk.6:45) Jesus said, out of the heart of men, the mouth speaks.
The third thing we should ask ourselves is what defiles a man?
In (Matt.15:12-20) Jesus said to His Dispels, as well as us, do you not yet understand that whatever (foods) enters the mouth goes
Into the stomach and is eliminated. (V-18) But our words which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. (V-19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, these are the things which defile men and women.
Where do wars and fights come from anyway?
James, the brother of Jesus, asked all men this question saying, where do wars and fights come from anyway? James goes on to say, do they not come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your heart’s (James 4:1).
What’s in your heart?
My Christian brothers and sisters, do you want to know what is in your heart? If so, then listen to what is coming out of your mouth. King David joins in the conversation saying to the followers of Christ; keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry; (Please read Ps.34:11-15).
What Jesus said about racism?
In (John 13:34-35); Jesus makes it clear what He thinks about racism when He spoke these three words, “Love one another.” Jesus goes on to say, love one another as I have loved you. Loving your neighbor as yourself is not an option, it is a commandment.
What the Bible says about racism.
In (1-Jn.4:20-21), John writes saying, whoever loves God must love his brother also. “He who does not love does not know God,” for God is love. Beloved, if God loved us we also ought to love one another (1-Jn.8:11).
John writes in (1-Jn.3:14) saying, he who does not love his brothers abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer and has not eternal life abiding in him. In (1-Jn.3:17) John writes a letter to those who call themselves Christians saying, whoever has this worlds goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? In (1-Peter 1:22) Peter writes saying, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
In the book of Corinthians, Paul writes a letter, not to sinners or unbelievers, but to us who believe. Paul writes saying, examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves? Do you not know if there is any malice or hatred hidden in your heart?
The Gospel of Christ;
The good News is before we speak we can take every thought into captivity, and if our thoughts are not godly, we can change them before they leave our lips (2-Cor.5). As Christians, if we find our hearts not quite up to par then pray this prayer found in (Ps.51:10-11).
© 2020 Rev Dennis L Johnson