Every time we turn around we are hearing something about racism. It is a term that is often used by Muslims, and Fortress of Faith deals with Islamic issues that our country faces. Muslims are using the racism laws passed here in the 1960s. These laws were needed in our nation at that time to end discrimination based on race. One of my heros was Martin Luther King. I fully agree with him when he said “Judge me not by the color of my skin, but by my character.”
I was raised to be color blind, and I think we ought to be color blind. God created mankind, and we only have one race, the human race.
Some people are using racism as a card of victimhood. This growing victimhood is robbing the lives and futures of people. It teaches that they are victims and someone else is to blame for their situation, and someone needs to pay.
This race victimhood is getting out of hand. The fires of racism is being fed, and gasoline is being thrown on them. Today I would like to make some observations to show just how out of hand it is.
What got me started was that schools in Virginia have banned books like Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird because of some of the racial slurs that are in them. Revisionists are trying to erase and rewrite our history. We need to be honest about our history. We have had some things that were wrong in the past. Over time we have become better and to erase all of the bad things of our past is wrong. People will grow up not understanding the truth if we remove them. There have been efforts to do away with the Confederate flag, and now the American flag is being called a symbol of racism.
Colin Kaepernick, of the San Francisco 49rs, protests the National Anthem by kneeling down. I don’t understand, he says America is not fair to black people and he is a black man who signed a 6 year, $114,000,000 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, He got a $12,328,766 signing bonus, and a $61,000,000 guaranteed over 5 years. How can he say that America is unfair to black people?
There is a college in Massachusetts that removed the American flag from their campus, saying it is a symbol of racism. This is what young people are being taught by the liberals in our colleges. Fortunately, due to outside pressure, they have brought it back.
The president of a college founded by Thomas Jefferson recently wrote and email saying Thomas Jefferson cannot be quoted because he owned slaves, and he was a racist. Is it any wonder we are turning out anti-American young people from our colleges?
This has been in our system for some time. Remember when President Obama was running for President? He refused to wear an American flag pin for some time. He was caught on camera refusing to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, while all of the other candidates did so. This caused a lot of controversy and his anti-American flag sentiments were not well received. For political reasons, he changed this and started wearing the pin. I don’t think he changed his attitude about America.
It is interesting that after Obama won the Democrat primary, Michelle Obama said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.”
Our society is being fed the idea that America is a horrible country by many of our liberal educators. The black people are now demanding that whites apologize for their “white privilege.”
When we boil this down, what we have is jealousy, or better yet, envy. This is as old as the original sin. In Isaiah, Chapter 14, the Lord tells us how Lucifer fell because of jealousy toward God.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14)
He felt that he was discriminated against because God, his Creator, was greater than he was. He wanted to make himself equal with God. He used the same principle when he tempted Eve to sin. He told her that God was holding back from her, and that if she would eat of the forbidden fruit, she would be like God. It all comes down to the haves against the have nots. Jealousy and envy are tools used by those who want to control others. This is why the 10th commandment says “Thou shalt not covet.” We should not spend our lives coveting what someone else has.
We are living in a time when our young people have very little regard for this nation. I came across something put out by woman stating why she feels lucky to be an American. I don’t agree with some of the language she used, but what she is saying spoke to my heart. Her parents grew up in China during the revolution. Here is what she had to say:
WHY I FEEL LUCKY TO BE AMERICAN
To them (her parents), I never seemed grateful enough — for my education, for my food, for a roof over my head.
Freedom of Speech
To be able to express my views and speak my mind without fear of persecution
We were all relieved when my Dad received his American citizenship, as he is incredibly outspoken and we were afraid one day his words would have serious consequences.
Freedom of Information
You think the Great Firewall is a pain to get around? Try living behind it and not even knowing what you’re missing.
Living under censorship is like going through life reading nothing but redacted Army letters: you know you’re not the getting the whole story, but there’s nothing you can do, and it’s incredibly frustrating.
Exposure to Western Food
Thanks to growing up in America, I developed a diverse palate and ate dairy and bread — two food groups that don’t really exist in the Chinese diet.
Credit for Trying
Asians have one of the highest rates of depression and suicide, partly due to the pressure put on everyone to succeed and excel. If I came home with anything less than an A+, I was reprimanded; when I did get an A+, I got nothing. To many Asian parents, you don’t get credit for trying, and you shouldn’t be applauded for succeeding because you should just always be the best.
Growing up in a very diverse community — mostly Caucasian, but there were also African-Americans and Hispanics at school — means I don’t really notice race. Growing up in China would have meant a homogenized racial identity,
Safety and Healthcare
If I were caught in a burning building, I know firemen would come relatively quickly.
If I get run over by a car, I know someone would probably help me get to the hospital.
If I’m in a 50-story building, I don’t have to wonder about the workmanship and if it would hold during an earthquake.
If I get food from a street cart, I know it probably won’t be laced with melamine.
If I go for a walk, my lungs will be filled with fresh air from the clear skies, and not pollution particles from a constant haze.
If I go to the hospital with a fractured foot, I know the hospital will be up to code, I’ll get medical treatment from this decade; and the doctor will treat me like everyone else, not better or worse based on how much my family can bribe him.
Working Hard = Success
The concept of, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” is universal, but more true in some countries than others. In America, those who work hard become valedictorian, become manager, become president. In China so much rides on guangxi, or personal relationships and using who you know, that often people who don’t deserve certain opportunities get them anyway because daddy happens to know a guy.
The job market is pretty much my oyster as a native English speaker. People will pay me ludicrous amounts of money to teach English; I never have to worry about being rejected for a job because I can’t speak English. When I travel to other countries, other people speak my language
That Little Blue Passport
I am absolutely in love with my passport. It means I am free to travel to almost anywhere in the world; instead of long, drawn-out, expensive visa processes or exhaustive embassy interviews,
The American Dream
In this wonderful country of opportunity, my parents were able to become a professor and a nurse — and through that, they were able to give my sister and me the life they never had.
The fact is, we are really privileged to be Americans. We have so many complaining about racism and white privilege, when all of who live in America, even those who are not citizens, are so privileged to live here. We can always find someone who is worse off that we are. We can also find people who are better off than we are.
The real problem is that those who are always speaking about the inequalities need to know the God of the Bible. They need to know that they are created in the image of God, and that they have been living in rebellion against Him. They need to know that they owe a debt for their sin which they cannot pay. They need to come to Jesus Christ, who is the only one who and pay our debt. He died on the cross to pay for our sin. If they come to Him on His terms, God can save their souls and turn their lives around. Their minds will be renewed and their thinking will change.
The greatest need of our country is that it become Christian again. We don’t have a social issue, we have a spiritual issue.
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