by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, August 24, 2017
How do we end racism? Please understand that you can’t legislate racism out of existence. There was a radio program many years ago called “The Shadow”. Each episode was introduced with this phrase: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Pardon the pun, but that is the heart of the matter. Racism isn’t a matter of law, it is a matter of the heart. Laws were necessary to create a level playing field and to demonstrate the dignity of all human life, but laws didn’t change any hearts. You can tear down monuments to southern heroes and ban the confederate battle flag but that won’t change any hearts either. Racism is an age-old problem that spans the entire world. Has there ever been a time where racism didn’t exist? Will there ever be a time when racism doesn’t exist?
When a young man drives his car into a crowd of people, killing a woman and drastically changing so many lives, including his own, racism is just the outward expression of an evil heart. When otherwise civilized people literally fight each other in the streets, the root cause is found in their hearts.
You see, the answer to racism is found in Christ. Only His blood can change a hateful heart into a loving heart. As I saw the news stories unfold in Charlottesville I saw a lot of things. I saw hatred. I saw evil. I saw racism. I saw anger. What a different scenario it would have been had the hearts of those folks been filled with the love of Christ.
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:1-2 (NIV)
Pray for peace and brotherhood in our nation but never forget that the only true peace is the peace of Christ.