Heart Check

A few years ago, I had the privilege to converse with a young lady who was experiencing some very tough racial issues at her school. Out of 601 young ladies, she was one of two blacks in the entire school. Throughout her years there, she had been the target of racist comments from both parents and students. Hearing her story was heartbreaking because even with all of this, the school did absolutely nothing. Meeting with principals and teachers, nothing happened but false promises and continued disappointment. Several emails were sent, and many conversations were held with staff, administration and even board members and there still was nothing done about it. As expected, it left this young lady and her family asking…. Why?

Why is it that even in our current culture young black men and women’s names have a hashtag and are now trending due to partiality because of their race, socio-economic status or other things that seem to be different from those who oppose them. Why is it that even in today’s current culture even working hard to be the best that you can be blacks are still being judged by the color of their skin and not by the content of the character?

Why is that in today’s current culture even when you make an honest living, go to school to get good grades, serve and do all that you can to live right, none of it seems to matter when you don’t look like the majority? Why is it that even in circles where the majority profess hope in Christ, they still find it ok to publish or give a thumbs up to politically jargon that isolates entire people groups? Why is it that instead of taking the necessary steps to be unified, decisions are made that promote division?

I know that we live in a crooked and perverse generation, but it gets increasingly difficult to embrace when it seems that all of the hate, bigotry and biasness is always geared toward people who look just like me with no regard to how it affects those around me. All disunity can be traced back to the simple truth that too often we act selfishly and consider ourselves better than others. I firmly believe that the secret to unity is not only in how view ourselves but also how we view others. We should do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but our responsibility should always be to count others more significant than ourselves.

If I had a loud speaker, and had 3 minutes with the world, I would share that PARTIALITY IS WRONG!! It is wrong because It’s inconsistent with faith in Christ.

When you consider what Jesus did, what Jesus taught and how Jesus behaved – there is no justification bias toward others. There’s no way that we can call ourselves genuine converted, blood bought believers, fully embrace the finished work of Christ and not be heart broken by the utter discrimination and biases that we see show towards minorities.

Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life, died on the cross to bear God’s wrath in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life. Christ gave his life for people who were different from Him. If Christ was willing to become a sacrifice for people who weren’t like him, then who are we to treat others different because they aren’t like us?

Believer check your heart! Do we look different? Yes! Do we have different backgrounds? Yes! Is our skin color different? Possibly! But PARTIALITY IS WRONG!!!!