Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
I just got in from a hectic day; filled with surprises, tasks and just the mundane routines of life. It was a day that kept me on my toes but I am now exhausted. I am so tired and I’m going to enjoy going to bed early. I just read something interesting that I thought I would share with each of you.
1 John 4:20 says ” Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
This provoked a topic of conversation that I wish to invite you my fellow friends into: Christianity and Racism. I talk to so many people who claim to love God and follow Him, yet they hate others based upon their race/ ethnicity. I think John makes a great point in that we see people everyday, of different shades of pigment/ complexion but we have yet to have seen God. If you have seen God, please inbox me – share your experience with me! Please do, because I long for the day I will reunited with the Lover of My Soul face to face. If I can love God and I haven’t seen him, how can I not love my neighbor who I see everyday. John calls those who claim to do these contrary things, a liar: one engaging in falsehood.
I am very passionate about the love of God and I believe that God loves everyone. He loves us whether we are black, white, yellow, brown, purple, blue, etc… He loves the flaws we hate, He simply loves us and He extends this love through the companion of His Son. If I am a Christian, as I say- I follow/believe and obey Jesus Christ. Christ did not come and die only for a particular racial group- He died for all. When we get to heaven, we will not be separated, but will have to live in peace and harmony with individuals who do not look like we do: God made it that way to promote love between all men.
So racism and hatred in the Church should not be. God is a God of love. He’s a God of judgment but He is love and He loves mankind,even when we don’t love or accept Him. He loved us so much that He gave everything for us to be able to have a relationship with Him. Where sin separated us from Him, His love reunited us through the sacrifice of the cross. Who are my brothers and sisters? Those that do the will of God, regardless of their complexion, language and culture. Those are my brothers and sisters.
It’s time for the church to speak out against racism/hatred and to show the world that we are to be known by our love.
Jesus said “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35)
How do you know if you are a disciple of Christ? Check your love for those around you….
Until next time,
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