Friday, September 18, 2015

Getting Along In Racial Harmony

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!"  Psalm 133:1
"Live in harmony with one another."  Romans 12:16

A parent, who is connected with my son's football team, snapped this picture the other day.  It's of my boy and another kid during a practice.  These two children, one white and the other black, were just enjoying their day and having fun together.

As I looked at that picture, I thought to myself, "Man, kids just seem to get along with each other better than adults."  Actually, I've thought that for a while.  Young boys and girls don't seem to make such a big deal out of race and other differences.  If only the rest of us could be that way!

It seems that we are living in a day and time where racial tension is escalating.  While I am sure that television and social media do indeed stir the pot and fan the flames to make matters worse, this is an issue that is not new.  Racial prejudice is a problem that has a long history on our planet.

My desire is that we people of different skin colors can learn to get along and co-exist peacefully.  The good Lord created one planet for us all to share, and the best thing we can do is develop positive, healthy relationships that cross racial boundaries.  An absence of trust and an abundance of hostility between people of different skin colors is not good for anyone.  Everyone loses with that!

Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote years ago:  "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ." (Galatians 3:26-28)  He was saying that in Jesus, there are no divisions or sides.  Far from it!  In Jesus, we all are one family, regardless of whether we are black, white, rich, poor, male, female, young, old, Democrat, Republican, or whatever else.  Our Savior is about unity.  Oneness matters to Him, and it should matter to us.

Let's get along.  Let's learn from one another.  Let's unite and make this world a more pleasant and peaceful place. For this generation and those who follow, let's work towards racial unity.  God wants it, and we need it.

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