Recognizing racism (It’s not always easy to spot)

Racism is a heart problem. The Civil Rights movement ended many racist systems, but many hearts still remain racist.

Racism has frequently been supported by laws and government systems. Getting beyond that isn’t easy.

Ignoring (or denying) the history of racism isn’t wise. Injustice needs to be remembered so that it isn’t repeated.

Racism is deceptive. We, humans, can avoid people because of their skin color and be unaware that we’re doing it.

Racism often operates (both externally and internally) under the cover of darkness. It’s hard to see racism without night vision goggles.

Racism is irrational. It makes no sense to rank animals by the color of their fur or people by their skin color.

Racism is unfair. It judges people differently depending on their skin color, not on their character or ability.

Racism lacks compassion. Racism refuses to listen to and understand people who have been mistreated by racism.

Racism is unethical. It tries to evaluate and prioritize people based on something as insignificant as skin color.

Racism isn’t always aggressive. Sometimes it’s apathetic.

Racism forgets. It doesn’t remember color-based injustice. Racism also forgets many great Americans who gave their life for freedom–runaway slaves, lynching victims, Civil Rights heroes, etc.

Racism is based on insecurity and a perceived need to feel like you’re better than some other people. It’s pride-focused.

Racism is often driven by economic factors. Modern racism was established in the 1,600s as an attempt to justify the economic-based enslavement of people, by declaring them inferior.

Racism is anti-Christian. Christ-followers come from “every kindred and every tribe.”

Racism is wrong. Even the US Declaration of Independences declares that people have God-given, inalienable rights.

Racism is demonic. It’s an unnatural rejection of people, based on their skin color, and is driven by evil spirits.

Spiritual problems need spiritual solutions. Racism is a spiritual problem. The Bible has the solution–Christian Racial Togetherness.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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