When will it end?
That’s what a lot of African-Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities seem to be wondering.
It appears that racism is still alive and well in these United States of America. Police brutality…national anthem protest drama…and now the icing on the cake…
President Elect Donald Trump.
That’s right…Mr. Trump, whom many claim to be especially bigoted and racist, has been elected as our next president. Sadly, there are many minorities, especially blacks, who view this as a sign that America as a whole is dead set on keeping us oppressed…which would explain why I’ve heard so many threatening to move to Canada, or even back to Africa.
You’ve got many angry people still protesting in the streets, signing petitions, and blasting Trump supporters on social media, making the blanket statement that anyone who voted for Trump is racist, and doesn’t care about the plight of blacks and other minorities in America.
So now that I’ve laid out where many of my fellow African-Americans are at this moment, let me tell you why I’m not there myself.
No, it’s not because I’m “woke”, and have gained some ethnic mental ascension that gives me permission to look down my nose at those who are less informed. Nor is it because I’m in denial of the issue of racism.
It’s because I am a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ…and regardless of how oppressive society may appear to be, I myself am not oppressed.
And because Jesus has freed me, I don’t have to respond and react to racism like someone who is still a victim of it. Nor do I have to exclusively view everyone and everything around me through the narrow lens of my own ethnicity. I can resist the urge to make unfair assumptions about others based on their race, political party, and who they may have voted for. I’m empowered now to love my enemies, and to even pray for and do good to those who mistreat me based on the color of my skin.
On another note, I’m fully aware that there are those who make the false claim that God and the Bible support racial oppression and slavery…I’ll deal with that at length in another blog.
But even if you do feel that way, let me give you food for thought. Jesus gave the solution to racism in one simple statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. If everyone followed that one command, do you think that racism would still exist?
The bottom line is this…to all of you who may be feeling the weight of oppression, you don’t have be crushed under this weight.
Jesus can take that weight off your shoulders…and you can live free.