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RacISM

January 29th, 2015

A post written for Sound The Alarm’s “Music with a Meaning Mondays” series

RacISM

Here we go again right? Can anything be spoken on so much, with so little done? I don’t mean that there hasn’t been any change. To clarify, what I mean is in comparison to the amount of outcry, outrage, protest, marches, etc. doesn’t always seem to equal the amount that has actually been done.

Before I go any further I want to make sure we understand prejudice and racism. If we are honest with ourselves, most people are prejudice. Whether it’s race, gender, geographic location, culture, religion, or whatever it’s in our nature to separate ourselves. We all have an opinion of our own worth as well as an opinion on the worth of others.

In order to be racist (or supremist to a lesser degree) there must be the power to exert your particular prejudice onto another people group. Whenever there is one group people who sees themselves as better or superior to another, and they have power to exert that opinion, you will see the practice of racism. It is human nature.

When we talk about things very broadly like this one has to understand that though this isn’t true for every single solitary individual, it is for the majority which is why in most cases things are what they are.

However for one who claims believe in Jesus Christ there is one thing that is fundamentally different about how we view ourselves as well as how we view others:

Gen 1:26-27

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

As a follower of Jesus, I have the privilege to see myself and others in the image of God. This is not to say that I don’t see race, gender, etc. but I see them first in God’s image. That’s the way he saw them, so that’s how I have to see them. God is a spirit so when it said ‘in His image’ it wasn’t in regard to anything natural.

For a nation like the United States, prejudice is woven into the fabric that makes up this nation. It is systemic, and institutional. So one situation, no matter how publicized it becomes, will not change the nature of a thing at its core. It will not be undone that simply.

So if I say nothing else, I will say there isn’t a solution for the system. It’s lost, it’s gone. I don’t believe that the system will be redeemed. However people can be, so once we change or disposition and mindset we can begin see change. Because rather that see people through our prejudice, we will see them the way that He sees them.

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