Archive | September 30, 2013

Color of Sin ~ Food for Thought

I was helping a dear sister in Christ write a paper on racism in response to a video shown in her ethnicity class. As we were making edits, revising words, and refining this paper, it became evident that racism is everywhere. Although I knew this already, it was more transparent today. It is a shame that people judge others based on the color of their skin, the way they walk, the clothes they wear, the house they live in, and all that other outward stuff. If we stop for a moment and reflect on Christ and who he hung out with, we will see that he did not judge others while on the earth, but rather embraced the different, the outcast, the shamed. Yes, he called sin sin, but he did not judge the person based on their sin. He still loved them and called them to turn away from their sinfulness and walk in His light.

Society in Biblical times is truly no different from today. Everyone JUDGES, everyone casts their expectations and their views on those they encounter, whether they know them or not. The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the rich men of the time looked down on the lowly, the poor, the prostitute, and the diseased. Who were they, and who are we to judge anyone? Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. When we judge others, we sin by placing ourselves in the throne of God, for only God has the power to judge; only his Son is perfect and can cast judgment on others.

Romans 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Why do you treat them
with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The problem with the human race is that we try to correct racism by demeaning and calling out those that practice it, which is truly the wrong approach, for racism is not based on the color of a person’s skin, but rather on the attitude and character of the mind and heart of those who judge them. They judge based on what they see, rather than by what is true and what is in the heart. They judge based on appearances and insecurities, rather than by the fruit of the person’s actions.

2 Corinthians 10:7 You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.

Matthew 7:1-5 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

We are not to judge others according to their appearances, for all are from God and no man is able to boast of themselves, or put themselves above anyone else, for, I say it again, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Not just some, not just a few, not just one particular race, not just one culture. No! Everyone, all, each person that lives and breathes has sinned. No man or woman is better than any other man or woman. And if you are trying to compare yourself to someone, consider this: if you say you are good, what are you comparing that to? Mother Theresa was good, and have you given all you own to the poor and sacrificed your time, your energy, and your desires to help others in need? Hmmm. Are you really good? That good? And if you feel someone is bad, consider this: are they as bad as Hitler, murdering and destroying all who did not fit his ideal of the perfect race. Hmmm. Maybe the one you call bad, isn’t so bad after all. My point is that good and bad are relative terms, non definable by human definition. Are you as good as God or Christ? I think not, for they are perfect and can do no wrong. Are others as bad a Satan? I think not, for they are creatures of God, given breath by the very same God that gave you breath. Think about it!! We all lie somewhere in the middle of Mother Teresa and Hitler. We all harbor light and dark in our hearts, and we can make a choice of which we choose to serve. So next time you begin to judge and to boast of your own goodness, think upon this scripture:

1 Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

God is a God of love. Christ came to save the world, not to condemn it (John 12:46-48, John 3:16-17).

The only way to change racism, or any other kind of -ism, is to pray for a transformation of mind and heart. We cannot change a person by judging them or condemning them, but we can change a heart or mind by showing them grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness. We can be the vessels that God uses to bring peace, unity, and joy to a world that seeks to divide, conquer, and destroy.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Finally, if you are not yet convinced that a change of heart and mind is necessary, than at least understand that others deserve to be treated with the respect and dignity that you desire!

Luke 6:31-36 Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Peace be with you and my you share that peace with all whom you encounter today and always.

God bless! ❤