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Posted on 9/12/2017 by Admin

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28          

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus

 

Charlottesville brought to light a problem that still exists in our world today ... racism

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a big social media guy yet I’m told by those around me that I “have to” do it.

Well, I was on FB last week and saw a viral video by a man in his car after an encounter with another man outside of a bank.  Now, some of you may already recognize what I am referring to simply by that description.  For those that do not, let me paraphrase what the man videoing himself touched on …

 

A white man was walking out of a bank, headed towards his nice car, and heard a black man yell at him, “F… you and your white privilege.  F…ing white privilege”

The man goes on to state that he did not get angry.  He viewed this as an opportunity, so he approached the other man and asked if they could talk. 

The black man agreed so he discussed his “privilege” by explaining all the adversity he has faced in his life (which is more than most of you reading this article).  Then he said, “Your history, your past, does not determine your future.  You don’t need to hang out with people who have a common past as you, but have a common future as you.”

 

I would like to interject a few of my opinions at this point …

 

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of the fools pour out folly

 

Some of the biggest issues we all face, together, when it comes to race relations, is the inability to simply engage in communication.  This current generation has a tendency to want to act, then think (which is backwards).  Most of us are so distorted by the perceptions of reality around us day-in and day-out, yet hardly anyone takes the time to ask questions and engage in thought-provoking dialogue.  Don’t be afraid to talk about issues in a calm, polite manner and don’t rely on your own understanding either … lean on the word of God to lead you in any/all discussions.

 

John 7:24

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement

 

Another glaring issue in this encounter is stereotypes.  The definition of stereotype, “A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.”  The key word being “oversimplified”.  We want everything to be easy … microwaves, remote controls, cell phones, etc.  So, it’s very easy and convenient to just categorize people.

 

If more people took the time to engage in an “opportunity” as opposed to an “altercation”, we just might have more intellectual conversation, which leads to a better understanding.

 

Malachi 2:10

Have we not all one Father?  Has not one God created us?  Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

 

So, what is the biblical point of view here?

As Galatians states, we are all children of God. 

I refer to ALL of my clients as “brother”.  Thanks brother, see you later brother, have a good one brother.  Eventually this leads to most of my black clients (at some point) asking the question, “why do you refer to me as your brother?”  Which I simply respond, “Because you are my brother … my brother in Christ.”

 

Let’s continue with the exchange …

 

The white man then asks the black man if he walks around with a chip on his shoulder and is angry most of the time (keep in mind, he is obviously angry at the moment due to his comment)?  His reply is yes.  So, he takes the opportunity to share, what he states is, “the lie we were both fed.”  We are all fed this lie, the lie that tells us all we have to do is make a lot of money, get a “hot” wife, a cool car, etc., and we will be happy.  Most of us are guilty of pursuing this falsehood.

 

He then says, “you know what I found out?  Happiness comes first because I was happy when I had nothing.  I figured out a way to have happiness when I had nothing and you know why?  Because I realized the universe doesn’t owe me a thing.  I woke up one day and realized that I owe the universe everything.  I owe the people around me the best me.”  Then he states that his happiness comes from within himself. 

 

Wrapping this up, I’ve left out a few things from the video but the man closed by stating how he was touched and changed by the encounter and that the two of them hugged.

 

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart

 

While the man never states anything about faith or God, I view this in the context of a testimony.  And it started with an insult that ended in a hug.  Remind you of anyone?  Jesus was ridiculed almost His entire life, yet His response was always love and to teach.

 

Happiness from “within” is another way of saying, let go and allow your Holy Spirit to guide you, for your Spirit knows what you delight in.  I believe the Holy Spirit led this man to engage in communication that led to a shared, wonderful encounter.

 

Like I did last year, when my city was the center of attention due to the shootings in downtown Dallas, I challenge anyone reading this today to find another person to engage in a conversation with about anything that is appropriate to that given situation in time.  Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and don’t view it as something you are doing for “them” … no, do this for you!

 

You see, the universe the man was eluding to is God.  And yes, we do owe Him everything and when you come to this place of understanding He will bestow great things upon you as well and, more importantly, you will find a peace and happiness unlike no other.

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