Racial Prejudice Can Be Healed!
If you have a racial prejudice against any race, I pray that you will be willing to let it go!
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Although because of our sinful nature and also because of fear and the way our parents have brought us up and influence via the media, false pre-judgments have gotten into each one of our life to some degree.
I am saying that does not have to continue! God has given us knowledge and wisdom to overcome racial prejudice, and the Holy Spirit can change your life because of God’s word in the Bible.
One Human Race
I want to share with you that there is only one race, (the human race). There are many ethics groups within the human race. We are all brothers and sisters who all came from the same Father.
But like all families, there is dysfunction in this world. That needs to be worked on and prayed about! This change needs to start with you and I. ~ Bill Greguska
Martin Luther King Jr. Breaking Racial Prejudice
Here are some helpful links:
- Are there references about racism in the Bible?
- Does the Bible say anything about diversity?
- How did the origin of the different races begin?
- How should a Christian view the civil rights movement?
- What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination?
Do You Have A Racial Prejudice In Your Heart?
Ask Yourself This Question:
“Do I treat other races (or talk about them) negatively?
Take Your Challenge One Step Further:
Perhaps through your church or a friend, get to know someone of a different race.
- If you are white, make friends with a black person.
- If you are black, make friends with a white person.
- As you pursue this challenge, you will see the other person as a potential friend, not someone to be afraid of.
Martin Luther King Preaches The Importance Of Love!!!
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Do You Have Racial Prejudice In Your Heart?
We think that there really is racial bias in determining who people want to date. ~ Sam Yagan
Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
Ten ideas to help you get you get to know your new friend of another race
(and get to know him or her more deeply than what their favorite sports team is)
- Get to know about their family and religious values.
- Learn about some of the racial experiences they lived through while growing up.
- What are they most passionate about?
- What do you fear the most?
- Ask them to clarify any prejudices that they might have picked up during their life.
- Ask them if you could pray for them in any specific way.
- Share with them about yourself on a deeper level (some of the same topics above).
- Treat them as you would treat any other friend or acquaintance.
- Try to keep good eye contact, acknowledging what the other person is sharing with you.
- Thank them for sharing and being willing to start this new friendship with you.
Who Are More In Favor Of Racial Prejudice?
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Ways Of Melting Away Years Of Racial Prejudice
What are some specific practical ways we can love one another, especially if someone is different ethnically, politically, spiritually, or any other way than us?
- Ask questions about them, rather than start by talking about myself.
- Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another.
- Spend time with them, listen to their heart and pray for and with them.
- Try to love people in my strength or allow Jesus to love people through me.
- Ask how I can pray for them. Take time to listen.
- Branching out intentionally to be with others different than ourselves.
- Treat each person we encounter as if we were greeting Jesus Christ!
- Sitting with someone, dining with them, hearing their story.
- Ask God to help us to love them unconditionally like He loves me!
Martin Luther King’s Goal = Stop Racial Prejudice!
My dream is to be able to let others know that a person’s skin color does not make a difference. The only thing that matters is what is in a man or woman’s heart. Read about my personal story of having racial prejudice while growing up.
If you are honest with yourself, you may find that you have had some racial bias at some point in your life too, but with some effort and prayer that can change.
Get To Know One Another
The big thing is to start getting to know some people of that race that you haven’t ever gotten to know. God created us as brothers and sisters in Christ; we need to remember that. God changes hearts. Pray about your bias, because God answers the prayers of the righteous.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
There Is No Place In Our Life For Racial Prejudice
Racial prejudice is when you are prejudiced against someone because of the color of their skin or their race. Racial bias is sometimes very subtle, yet those who are being discriminated against can sense the discrimination.
The best place to start is with ourselves. If you have prayed for your heart to change, you will notice a difference! You will see that God created all people equal, no matter what color of skin. Thank God for your change of heart, and share what you have learned with others.
My Story Growing Up With Racial Prejudice
You are not the only person with a racial bias. Racial problems are common in the United States. We are all wired with some bias or prejudice at one time or another because of our sin nature. I was raised in an entirely white neighborhood. I didn’t know a black person personally until I was a freshman at Pius XI high school and met my first black friend, Clifford Walker.
Clifford and I talked deeper than just talking about our favorite sports teams. We grew and learned from one another. Clifford and I both played on the same basketball team and our common denominator, was just that, basketball. After a couple of years on the same team, we obviously both knew our skin color was different, but we had the same color blood.
Love > Prejudice
Yes, Clifford was raised differently than I was, but that is just par for the course with any relationship. We knew that our goal on the basketball court was the same, to win the conference championship—and we quickly learned that we could win the title if we focused on what we had in common instead of how we were different.
Meeting the starting guard Clifford and actually getting to know him, was the very best way to get rid of lies I heard about black people back in 1975.
I share this story with you to prove a point. Anyone or anything we are unfamiliar with can (and usually does) cause us to be uncomfortable to us to some degree. That is where prejudice, fear, and distrust breed and grow. Ignorance fuels the flames of prejudice, and even anger. The way to overcome it is first to talk to God about it, and then to get to know one another! ~ Bill Greguska
Martin Luther King Didn’t Give Up On His Dream!
Cedric D Hoard Went to High school With My Son Chris, And Cedric Has Something to Say About Racial Prejudice.
Racial Prejudice With Christians?
What Is My Point in Discussing Racial Prejudice?
Do not settle for any degree of prejudice in your life. Racial bias can become hideous, even to the point of violence or death. Think about the phrase, “People Are People.” People are who they are and who they choose to be. Emotions can easily sway those without a moral compass, those who are not using their intellect.
There are countless “good white people, ” and there are countless “good black people.” It would be foolish to say that because one man once said bad things to someone whose feelings were hurt, that ALL people of that race will say bad things to this person or others, hurting their feelings. That would be utterly foolish, irrational, and wrong.
What Can We Do About Racial Prejudice?
Then why do we judge a whole race of people just because one or a few so-called “bad people” of the opposite race have wronged someone?
James 2:8-13 If you keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself, ”you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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The stance I took was there is no room for racial bias anywhere in sports. I believe that was basically all I said about it. Certainly, I was cast as an abolitionist. Death threats came. Hate mail came. ~ Barry Larkin
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10