A few years ago, I decided to do a 24 hours fast from all things news. So, you can imagine my shock when I turned on the TV only to be bombarded with images of evil, violence, hatred and racism from the alt-right protests in Charlottesville, VA. Immediately, memories of the 1960s came to mind. Will this hatred, polarization and division ever end?
In earthly kingdoms, it will not. Only when Christ returns will there finally be true justice and peace for every race, tribe, tongue and person. At long last, there will be harmony among mankind. What a glorious day that will be!
In the meantime, how do we as Christians respond to the blatant hatred and racism in our nation?
The first step is asking God to identify any pride and prejudices, big or small, in our own hearts. Why? Because racism is rooted in pride. And the danger with pride is just how quickly it can take root in our lives and without warning, turn into jealousy, bitterness, prejudice and even racism.
The apostle John put it simply: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.” In order to be a part of the solution, we need to ask that God align our hearts and minds with HIS. In a world filled with hate and anger, pray that God’s love will overcome the evil that is racism. Following and loving Jesus is the best place to start.