“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8
These verses include all races, all colors, every shade and all of humanity. We are ALL made in His image. And for anyone to think differently, lacks the wisdom and knowledge from above. Jesus is no respecter of persons. From the white man to the brown man, and from the janitor to the president, He is no respecter. Jesus….our Savior, is the greatest Man Who ever lived! So what makes any of us think that we have the right to think or believe differently that He? Breaking news….. God is always right. And IF you are prejudice, you’re just plain wrong and quite frankly, love does not reside in you.
Most of us have heard the phrase “ignorance is bliss”, meaning if you do not know about something, then you do not worry about it. Well that may be true in one context but not in the next. 👉 Ignorance is defined as lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated. And it most definitely is not bliss!
As little children, we love everyone, don’t we? We do not see color until someone who raises or influences us mentions it. We observe that everyone is different and come in all beautiful shades, but, we as kids, are unbiased. As it should be. But yet so many adults let race dictate their thoughts, words, ideologies and attitudes.
I am 16% African American and am proud of every percentage of that! I took an ancestry DNA test and the results are … 1/2 English, 1/3 Irish, 16% African, 3% French, and a slight scattering of Swedish and Norwegian. I love all ethnicities and the differences that makes us all so beautifully special. My paternal grandfather and even my own father has dealt with some form of prejudice in their lives. The fact that my sweet father has a white parent and a biracial one, brought rejection from society and even some family members. My grandfather was also other nationalities, English being one. Now what boggles my mind and is incomprehensible to me, is that some would hate him for the color of his skin? And yet so many do. What makes his English part any better or more significant than his African part? Nothing. And yet, the human race sees them as different. And while heritages are different and they are diverse, their humanness is not. We are all human beings. Made in the image of God.
The recent events are heartbreaking. Senseless and wrong. Someone lost their life because another didn’t value it enough. I can’t nor will I ever fathom how so many can ever think that they’re better than someone else. It’s atrocious. The bottom line is it needs to STOP. Don’t just feel badly, but rather be a voice and get involved. And being involved encompasses many scenarios. The looting and destruction that has come about is a disgrace. I understand not being heard for so long believe me, I do. But protest civilly, not lawlessly. It’s taking advantage and is not honoring in any way to George Floyd or any who have suffered prior. We live in a broken society, and only God can heal it. And He is unequivocally able but people don’t allow Him to. All biblical principles have been thrown out the window and the very ones that casted them are the same asking “Where is God?” Don’t ask Him, ask yourselves. He is all good and powerful but people have free will. Are we being and doing all we can to stand for righteousness? Tough question. The answer is tougher. No we’re not.
It is time to not just feel badly but instead to take action. Stand up for the guy who needs back up or may not be able to defend himself. Speak out to injustice no matter the fallout. Stop that joke in its tracks. Some think that their innocent and funny, news flash…they’re not. If you can’t laugh at something without it being at someone else’s expense, then find new material. Whether you’re black, white, red, blue or purple, if your negativity is focused on another persons color or ethnicity, then it’s wrong. I take offense to it and I hope you do too. We can enjoy and appreciate each other’s differences without being racist. Because at the end of the day, unless you’ve walked in another’s shoes, you just cannot claim to know or understand in any way. Don’t even pretend to. It’s insulting.
So, ignorance is anything but bliss. It is instead being unaware and destitute of knowledge and sensitivity. It is closing off ourselves from understanding others instead of loving them as God does. We are all better than that.
God Bless your souls,
Happy wife and mom!
Devoted to Jesus and my family!