Thoughts on Overcoming Division

I sit here trying to write a Thanksgiving post, and I can’t. The only thing on my mind is the racial division being propagated in our nation and how the blood of Jesus atones and overcomes all injustice. It would be foolish to say there isn’t racism in the country because there are racist people.

However, I believe we have made great strides to overcome racism in the nation. Unfortunately, there will always be those who will not progress in God’s love and accept the truth that all people, regardless of color, are made in the image of God. Even some in the Church refer to a black church, a white church, a Hispanic church, there is only one Church; color does not matter, denominations don’t matter, even certain doctrinal points don’t matter.

If we as the Church are going to help bring healing to our land, we must do a few things. The first, of course, is to love one another as Christ has loved us. When we see racism being propagated on campuses, we need to come in with the love of God, hear grievances, find the truth, and bring healing. We must call out those who name Christ and propagate the divide in this nation. We are all God’s creation, and everyone deserves to be judged on the content of their character. The verse that keeps coming to mind is, they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.

The only way to overcome racism is to acknowledge that we don’t have a racism epidemic but a small part of society that is indeed racist. Then, when we recognize that we are greater than them, we can neutralize the effect.

We must acknowledge two other things that play into this issue. First, the majority of cops are not bad apples. Do a few cops do bad things? Yes, but those who paint with a broad brush create a more significant divide, not facilitating healing. We also must acknowledge that political correctness and the belief that words hurt us also increase the divide. We are all big people, and we must come to a grown-up place by repeating the childish phrase, sticks and stones will break my bones, but words can never hurt me.

We overcome by loving as Christ loved; we overcome by acknowledging the strides we have made and by choosing to work together. What are your thoughts? How do we bring healing together?

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