This post was written on August 15, 2015, but still remains pertinent. I wonder if we will ever practice what we preach and love each other as Christ first loved us. Hatred and violence are ugly tools of the devil, which he uses constantly to divide us. We must fight him with ever ounce of might that God provides us. We will overcome him, with God’s help alone.
There’s been division of races, ethnicity, social class, political views and even in our religious beliefs throughout history. Looking back before our founding, the Native American was looked upon as a savage by the early explorers. These foreigners may have said they were there to convert them to Christianity, but more likely their greed overtook them and they plundered and ravaged this noble race until they had nothing.
The slave trade was well underway in the 1400s and we all know the horrors of the abuse and humiliation this race suffered. They helped build a strong industrial nation for their white counterparts and fought alongside them in war after war to preserve the rights of the constitution.
After Pearl Harbor, nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps simply because of their race and heritage. Nearly 60% were already United States citizens who had built thriving businesses .
These are all ugly reminders of the disgrace faced by every American. The sins of the fathers seem to continue well beyond the third and fourth generations. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just wash away all that prejudice and hate? Our consciences could finally feel free from blame – even though we were not personally responsible for the injustice.
God doesn’t look at individuals in this way. Each life that He creates is important – whether they are black, red, yellow, white – He made us and knew what we would be long before we were a glint in our father’s eye. He loves each one of us the same.
When we become part of His family, through Jesus, we are set free from the bondage of this world. Those ugly sins of the past have been washed away and we’re forgiven. Therefore we have become a new creation. We are united not only in our beliefs, but in our love for one another.