Many of you have probably heard this verse from the Bible found in Luke 6:31 KJV which says "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." If you did not hear it said this way, then you may have heard it as "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." This phrase was considered the golden rule and the fundamental principle for how I was taught, in church, to treat everyone. It did not matter what the other person looked like, what church they attended or whatever differences we may have had. Even at a young age, when I applied this principle, I noticed overall it was met with many positive responses when I allowed positivity to flow from me and received adverse reactions when I was more negative in my approach.
I can recall a time in my life when I chose not to apply the golden rule and experienced some undesirable consequences that followed. So here I was in 4th grade at my Christian school playing on the playground as if it was any other day. Now I am not sure of all the details about this moment, but I do remember getting into a nasty argument with a boy during recess. All I know is whatever started the disagreement, quickly escalated into both of us calling each other racial slurs. To make matters even worst, someone overheard us shouting these horrible names and words at each other which resulted in both of us getting sent to the principal's office. The principal was shocked to see me but wanted to talk to me about what had happened. As I told her my side of the story, I remember she only gave me a warning and some advice along the lines of never doing what I did again. Although I heard her point of view, I went home still upset about everything that had transpired.
It was not until later on during my Christian school's summer camp; I finally experienced a transformation in my heart about what happened that day during recess. As my class was in session, my teacher began to tell us that the boy, who I had fought with, died in a boating accident. He had fallen overboard and was hit with the propeller in his chest all before the anyone was able to find him, let alone have a chance to save him. When I heard this news, I was shocked, and my mind began to race with so many thoughts. First, I could not believe he was gone and realized how vain our argument was. I wondered how we could have handled our disagreement in another way or even avoided it altogether? I even wondered if he had a chance to repent for behaving in the manner which we did? It was at that very moment, I sat silently at my desk and prayed for forgiveness for the both of us.
So in light of the recent events which have taken place in Virginia, I share my story with you because it taught me that hate for one another because of our skin color is not worth it. It can rob us of valuable time which we could have spent on doing purposeful work for the kingdom of God. Not only that but racism creates room for us to sin against God like I did that day with my actions and words. Now I know my story pales in comparison to what took place in Virginia or even the events which occurred in the past, but what I learned from that day was that my behavior was not godly at all. It did not reflect Jesus, whom I said I followed, or even contain traces of the biblical description of love. (found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 KJV) The Bible even shows us what God's view of different people and backgrounds is in Romans 2:9-11 KJV.
"Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God."
So, if God does not show favor to one person over the other and judges all equally, both the Jews and the Gentiles, then why do we show favoritism to one race over the other and still call ourselves children of God?
Just a thought...