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The Wounds of Our Ancestors, Part Two

Martin Luther King Jr., who fought against racial injustices, said: “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that”. What kind of love can overcome centuries of racial hatred? Love that is not of this earth. Love that is the essence of our Creator God. The bible says, “God is love”. His love is pure, not poisoned by selfishness. When He created man and woman, He created them in His likeness and in His image. That image is Love. Only when we perceive one another in this light, can real change happen.
To get there we must first admit and then forsake our erroneous beliefs about other races and ethnic groups. The vicious cycle of hatred is kept well-fed by the lies we have grown up believing about one another. When we pass them down to the next generation, it continues until someone says, No More! This stops here. Refuse to believe the words that tear down and instead find the words that build up. Be willing to see as God sees: “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 Understand the truth: ALL men and women are created equal,
Laws can only regulate the outside actions, but do nothing to change hearts. That is why racism has never completely gone away, no matter how progressive our society claims to be. Transforming love—not religious practices—alone can do the deep cleansing and healing that is needed to eradicate racism at its root.
What about you? What do you believe that causes you to judge someone on their outward appearance alone? And when you’re done judging, treat them as inferior? We are all created equal by a loving God. Only when we acknowledge and live by that equality from our hearts can these ancestral wounds be healed. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
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