This week has been full of news about the race riots in Ferguson, MO and in other American cities. The finding from the grand jury was not what many people wanted. I want to address some of these issues today. I also want to tie it in to CAIR (Council on American, Islamic Relations). I want to show why we must address the racial issues in America. We have got to stop looking at things through eyes that see white men, black men, or brown men. Our creed in America is “all men are created equal.” It doesn’t say anything about their color.
Some of the things I am going to say will be controversial. Please hear me out and read to the end of the article. I am not trying to beat down any race. I am trying to stand for those who feel abused because we have got to put away the racism.
First of all let me say that it is true that the riots in Ferguson are being done largely by black people, but they are not doing it because of their race. They are doing it because, like all people, they are creatures of sin. All of us are born with a sin nature and they haven’t been delivered from it yet because they haven’t found the Saviour.
Listen to what the Bible has to say about those who are given over to the flesh:
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 2 Peter 2:10-14
This passage describes what we see in these riots. It says they will despise governments, they will be presumptuous, self-willed, they will not be afraid to speak evil of dignities. It says that even the fallen angels, which are greater in power, will not bring accusations against these dignities. These people are described as “natural brute beasts.” It says they speak evil against things they don’t understand. It says they will utterly perish in their own corruption.
They burn down and destroy the very places they need to purchase the things they need. They are hurting themselves by their own actions.
The passage goes on to say they will receive the reward of their unrighteousness. They will count it pleasure to riot. It further says they are “sporting themselves with their own deceivings.” They are deceiving themselves.
These people don’t want to hear the facts. Their minds are made up and no amount of evidence will change their minds. It is just an excuse for them to go out and riot (party in their minds).
Verse 14 describes them as having eyes full of adultery and being unable to cease from their sin. Not only do they deceive themselves, the also deceive (beguile) those who are unstable.
It says they are cursed children. They were raised without the precepts of God and without spiritual guidance. It is not their skin color that causes this behavior, it is their sin nature.
The chapter closes with this vivid picture:
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:22
This says that you cannot change the outside without changing the inside. You can make a dog our a pig look as pretty as you want, but when allowed to do so, they will still to that which is natural for them.
The only way to change the sinfulness of man is to change the inside by the new birth that comes by true saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not a racial issue, it is a sin issue. There are white communities that act the same way. This kind of action comes from the curse of sin.
I desire the America that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of in his famous speech “I Have A Dream.” He gave this speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. This was a fitting place for the speech. It was Abraham Lincoln that gave the Emancipation Proclamation ending black slavery in America.
In his speech he called for the end of racism in America but it hasn’t happened. Here is part of what he said:
I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”
…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I say AMEN to that. This is what I want for my country.
The problem today is that we have now created laws in our country and have organizations in our country that keep racism alive. There was a time when we needed some of these groups to bring about the transformation of America and take away the racism by whites in America. I would not say that we are fully there yet because there are still some whites who are racist against blacks or other racists.
Although this white racism is still there, it is in the minority. I am afraid that racism is largely in the black community and is toward whites.
Perhaps someone can explain to me why we have groups in America which promote racism. I am talking about groups like the NAACP. You may say that this is not racism. What if we started the NAAWP (National Association for the Advancement of White People), would you consider that racist? Is it OK to have an organization for the advancement of a race so long as the race is colored people? Why would it not also be OK if the race was white people? Groups like Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, is OK but if we had the opposite for white people, would that be racism?
The affirmative action laws are based upon racism. We have the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Chanel. I don’t have a problem with that, and I watch it sometimes when there is something of interest to me. What if we started WET (White Entertainment Television), would that be considered racist? You know that it would be. Why is it not racist to have a network especially for blacks?
I hope you are getting my point. These groups are keeping racism alive here in America.
As an American who lived most of my life outside of America, 29 years in Europe, I faced some surprises when I moved back here. I thought that the Civil Rights Movement had corrected these issues. Rather than solve the problem, it seems to me that it has changed it to the other side.
I told you I would relate this to groups like CAIR, well, here is the problem. These groups are using the laws that were made to try to correct the sins of the past to give themselves privileged position over the white man. If you don’t believe that then you don’t understand what affirmative action is all about. These laws obligate the hiring of employees based upon race rather than qualifications.
Muslims see this as a weakness in our society and are using it to their advantage. Guess who they are getting to speak at their conferences? It is people like Al Sharpton. Here is what he has said at these conferences:
Washington can’t support civil rights for blacks without doing the same for Muslims.
He argued that the same haters who burned crosses at the homes of blacks in the south are burning Qur’ans today.
One of the most important civil rights organizations today is CAIR.
Let’s look at the spiritual side of this. There was racial division in the day of Christ. There were the Jews against the Samaritans, the Gentiles, and especially the Romans. This is especially seen in passages like John 4:9:
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus Christ changed this. Remember what He did with Peter when He sent the vision of the sheet full of unclean animals (Acts 10)? God told Peter not to call unclean what He called clean. We see the application of this in Acts 10:28:
And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
The Gospel is a great equalizer. God only sees men in one of two ways, either saved or lost. Man classifies people in classes, rich or pour, smart or dumb, popular or not popular, red, yellow, black or white, foreigner or national, etc. While we have many classes, God only has two.
The Scriptures remind us that all of us who are saved were once in the filth of sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). We can praise God that we have been washed clean in the blood of Jesus Christ. He changes us. The Gospel makes us new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As Christians we should not be racist. We should not see people as red, yellow, black or white, we should see them as saved or lost. The Gospel will change the world. We need to work to get it out to all regardless of their skin color or their religion. Only the Gospel can truly end racism in America or anywhere else in the world.
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