Yesterday I spoke at an event in North Carolina. The subject of the conference was “End All Racism Now.” I am tired of all of the racial unrest and division in our country. I don’t want to be the kind of person who says this is terrible, someone ought to do something about it. I want to be the kind of person who takes action when there is a problem in our country.
Today I want to talk about some of the thoughts I shared last night. We had judges, lawyers, political people, the chief of police, many pastors, and other leaders there. We need to have an honest discussion on these things.
Before I get into the things I shared last night, let me tie this to the issue of Islam. Muslims have learned to use the laws we have on the books that help minorities for their benefit to bring about our destruction.
Let’s step back and take a look at the big picture. I am not an expert on race issues, but as a citizen and a preacher I have some views on the subject. I lived 29 years of my life as an immigrant in another country, as a guest and a minority. It has given me a perspective that others may not have.
I wish we, as a nation, could embrace the true Christian principles on this issue. If we did, we would be mindful of Galatians 3:28:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
God’s plan is that we don’t see each other differently. We don’t see some as better than others. In God’s eyes we are all valuable and equal. God only knows one race, the human race. He doesn’t see men better than women or one race or nation better than another. We need to embrace this way of seeing others.
Imagine a day where the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., where he said his dream for his children was that they would not be judged for the color of their skin, but rather by their character, would actually become a reality. Can you imagine a day when one can give the physical description of a black man, and there would be no anxiety or trouble? It would be no different than describing a person with black hair or brown eyes. Can you imagine a day when America would no linger be divided as hyphenated Americans, African-Americans, this-Americans, or that-Americans? Wouldn’t it be great if we were truly just Americans? Wouldn’t it be great is we could acknowledge that our problem is not race, it is culture? We have a culture that is breeding destructive attitudes, instead of constrictive attitudes.
It is time we stop tiptoeing around these issues, that we kick political correctness to the side, and talk bravely, but politely, about these issues. This was the subject of the meeting last night.
We need to identify the real problem, and I have a few thoughts that will help us identify it. I think I have some suggestions that might help fix the problem.
If we look at the big picture, we see that for centuries, nations have been conquering nations. Through war and bloodshed, people have imposed themselves on others, it is nothing new. Those who conquer begin to see themselves as better because they won. Those who are conquered begin to see themselves as victims.
As Americans, most of our heritage comes from Great Britain. That is who authorized the original 13 colonies. We eventually fought against Britain for our freedom. As we came here, we conquered, and there were some victims in the process. The victims were the Native American Indians. If they had been stronger, they might have kept their culture and society. This is why, if we want to keep our way of life, we must build good, strong defenses so that it doesn’t happen to us. Sadly, this is the way things work in this world.
There were other victims. We brought in African slaves. It is part of our American heritage, and it is something we have to deal with. The Mexicans felt wronged because we annexed their land, and for the importing of cheap labor. We also brought in Asians for the purpose of cheap labor. The end result is that we have people who feel victimized.
No one wants to be on the receiving end of this. The colonials began to see what it was like to be under tyranny by their own home country. They threw off that tyranny and wrote the Declaration of Independence. This is when the idea that made America great was born. They realized that, under God, all men were created equal. The problem is, they didn’t quite get it right. They didn’t grant all men in this nation the same equality. As a result we have the stain of slavery in our history.
The Declaration of Independence started us on the right road. It resulted in the Constitution. It took the slave from being property to becoming a person. It didn’t fully fix the problem, and it ultimately led us to the Civil War.
The result of the Civil War was the Emancipation Proclamation, and ultimately the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. They abolished slavery, gave blacks citizenship, and the right to vote.
We moved the ball down the road toward treating all men equal, and in 1920, women got the right to vote. We have not arrived yet, but we are moving in the right direction. There have been struggles along the way, and I’m sure there will be more. There are still things we have not gotten correct yet.
There were the Jim Crow laws and segregation after the Civil War. These led us to the Civil Rights movement. This, again, moved the ball down the field, but we haven’t crossed the goal yet. There are still some important issues to deal with.
There are some laws that were put on the books that were necessary to level the playing field. They were necessary to give the minorities the opportunities they needed in education and other areas so they, too, could have equal opportunity.
These laws have created a new problem. We still have laws that do not treat everyone equally. They give advantages to one group of people over others. If we are really a nation where all men are created equal, those discriminatory laws must be abolished. We must get past affirmative action and the like.
Another problem, which is probably worse, is that it has created a culture of victimhood. Every nation has a history similar to ours where people have been oppressed. This is just the way it has been historically. If w want to solve the problem, we must face up to this.
There is a problem with allowing people to live in a constant lifestyle of victimhood. It is destructive to those who live in it, and it keeps them from pulling themselves out of it. The only way they can overcome it, is by changing their thinking.
Let me share something from Dr, Steve Maraboli, who is a black author and a behavioral scientist.
Victim mindsets dilute the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for your circumstances you greatly reduce your power to change them.
If you are always blaming someone else for your circumstances, you will never change them. He went on to say:
It is as if they were holding their own breath, and blaming others for their inability to breath. If they can break free from this cycle, everything in their lives changes for the better.
It is not a race that causes people to do these things, it is a culture. They choose to think this way, and we have to change the thinking. We must stop blaming poverty and crime. These things are not the result of someone’s race. It is the victimhood mentality that keeps people in these situations.
I believe the solution is simple. We need to purge the laws that create division by race. We can no longer have laws that say some people get benefits and others don’t, because of their race.
Great Britain practiced African slavery just like America. They both ended around the same time. I lived in Britain for 29 years, both as a child, and as an adult. I have never seen anything over there like what I have seen here. They got over it. This was six generations ago. The difference is that the British are not blaming the past, and living in victimhood.
We must remove all laws that give one group advantage over another because of race, ethnicity, or some other external condition. We must shut down the groups that keep dividing us by race. We are all Americans!
If we would embrace the biblical view, this would all end. God doesn’t see one people better than another. We are all equal in His eyes. Let’s treat one another that way. Let’s put the gold back in the golden rule. Let’s treat others the way we want to be treated.
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