The real solution to racism is to love like Jesus did
There is no skin color in heaven. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:50)
Jesus said we should love our neighbors as ourselves. When on earth are we going to learn what that means and then do it?
In this episode, I talk about healing the anger and fear in people’s hearts. Your prayers are powerful healing agents in the world today. You may never know the good you’re doing.
The healing of racism
The solution is not going to come from legislation, demonstrations, protests and so many of the ways people are responding to the death of George Floyd. As important as these responses may be, they will only be effective if they motivated by a deep spiritual love. If the love is missing, all those efforts at reform will miss the mark.
To download a PDF of the poem I share in this episode click here: Teach Me to Love. It was written back in 1908 by Louise Wheatley Cook Hovnanian.
You might also be interested in a couple of previous episodes:
Are You Afraid to Love as much as Jesus Did?
Comparing Yourself to Others versus Spiritual Equality
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Bible verses in this episode:
Matthew 5:44 ESV
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
John 3:16 ESV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Genesis 1:26 ESV
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Mark 12:29, 30, 31 ESV
29 Jesus answered, “The most important [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
James 3:8-12 ESV
8 no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
Matthew 15:18-20 ESV
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
20 These are what defile a person.
Mark 7:21, 22 ESV
21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
John 7:24 ESV
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
II Corinthians 5:16, 17 KJV
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I Corinthians 15:50 ESV
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Romans 8:9 ESV
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.