When people don’t feel like they matter, shower them with kindness, until they do. Love and kindness are the fruit of the Spirit. We can’t have biblical Christianity without them. What peace there would be if everyone who claims to love God, would love people.
If we don’t (or won’t) love people who offend us, we’ve settled for something less than biblical Christianity. Heartstemic racism can be overcome. Christ wants to set us all free from racial divisions, racial judgments, and racial unkindness. One of the most important things you can do in life is to show heart-felt love to people who have been made to feel like they don’t matter.
When differences are dispelled by love and daily diminish, that’s true, biblical diversity. The Bible says that Christians are from “every kindred and every tribe,” yet united in Christ. To see people but fail to perceive their pain, is to have what Jesus calls “a calloused heart.”
Jesus said that He found no one in Israel with a greater faith than a particular Roman centurion. Perhaps some of the people we look at as political “threats” are also people of great faith. The color that matters most: Are your sins covered with the red blood of Jesus?
Be hostile against any evil within you. Be kind to help other people overcome evil. Few people show hostility to gentle words; but many respond with hostility to insulting words.
Powerful ideas can be presented with gentleness. Weak ideas require aggression. Rude words are a jackhammer that demolishes the walkways between people.
Love’s not a whimsical feeling, but intentionally kind behavior. Explosive topics should be spoken of with gentleness, not with insults. Gentle words are much more easily heard & received than hostile, hateful words. It should be no surprise when reckless words create pain and retaliation. On the field of politeness, rude people lose every time.
If you want your pain to be taken seriously, perhaps you should take other people’s pain seriously as well. For my handbook on Christian Race Transformation, read: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.