About these ads

Posts from the ‘PREJUDICE’ Category

HOW RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE PRODUCES DIVISION

HOW RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE PRODUCES DIVISION, BUT LOVE CAN UNITE US IN WAYS THAT WE NEVER IMAGINED.  THEREFORE, LET US OPEN OUR HEARTS AND LEARN TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER THE WAY THAT JESUS LOVED US ALL.

THE ROSE OF SHARON (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Know in your hearts that we all are the Roses of Sharon.  Let us learn to love each other in the same manner as we look upon the beauty of this rose and love it, because in the sight of God, we all are His beautiful Children.

We are living in very difficult times, and we find that our spirits are broken, our economy is perking along at a very slow pace, our political system is in turmoil, and now with the murder of Trayvon Martin RACIAL HATRED and PREJUDICE has reared its mean and ugly head again.

We all are going to have to account for our actions are in actions at some point in time.  Therefore, I say to those of you who harbor RACIAL HATRED and PREJUDICE in your heart, why not take this moment as a teachable moment and look and examine yourself and make the changes that are necessary today to help bring us all together rather than separating us by allowing the fires that are burning inside of you to continue to keep you living in hell everyday right here on this earth.

Now, let us understand the truth of God’s word, and that is this, “Racial hatred produces division rather than unity.” At the time Jesus lived among men, the Jews, more specifically the Pharisees, had totally separated themselves from anyone they considered unclean. Thus, they had absolutely nothing to do with the Gentiles. This attitude of prejudice made it difficult to bring about the unity in Christ between Jew and Gentile that God desired.  In the book of John 17:20-22 Jesus saw it necessary to leave us with a prayer for unity among believers.  Here is a portion of Jesus’ prayer. “Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,

That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.

I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:  After reading, studying and meditating on Jesus prayer, we should be impressed with how important unity is to God by the fact this prayer came in the shadow of the cross. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus“ (Galatians 3:28).

I believe God would have His children work together to show the world by example that true racial equality and racial harmony are to be found only in Jesus Christ. The Constitution and various laws of mankind can be and are well-meaning but will never accomplish racial peace and love as do conversion to Jesus Christ. If we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we are supposed to (I Peter 2:20-22), we will love all men, showing partiality to none and being prejudiced against no one merely due to race or the color of a person skin. I once heard a dear sister in Christ say of a black friend, “She’s as white as I am in God’s sight.” I am confident she did not mean the comment to be a racial slur, yet it demonstrates how easily we can have an attitude of racial prejudice.

There is no room in heaven for anyone who hates or considers another inferior simply due to race or skin color. Very little progress has been made in our nation in overcoming racial prejudices, injustices, and hatreds. I pray the Lord’s people will show the way of love for all and equality among all in Jesus Christ. May we never shame His precious name by being guilty of racial hatred?

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need or different in some way than we are.  For we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, SALVATION is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

About these ads

DID THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF TRAYVON MARTIN PLAY A ROLE IN HIS MURDER?

DID THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF TRAYVON MARTIN PLAY A ROLEIN HIS MURDER?

Treyvon Martin

This is a subject that has been written about in newsprint, discussed and debated on radio and television as well as the internet and social media.  Today, we want to focus your attention not so much on the murder of Trayvon Martin, but on your own individual MINDSET concerning the OUTWARD APPEARANCE of anyone of us.  Therefore, the question I propose to you is this, “ WHAT ROLE DOES A PERSON OUTWARD APPEARANCE PLAY INTO A PERSON STEREOTYPING OF OTHERS, AND OR OUR OWN RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE MIND SETWhen you stop and consider your answer with a deep and abiding truthiness’, you might be surprised at what your thought process provides to your present mind set.  By asking yourself this question in the privacy of your own space, and providing a true answer to the question, it’s possible that you just might be able to reshape your thinking about other people who may or may not look, dress, act, or have the same color skin as you do.

We all know that our outward appearance plays a role in how we dress for the occasion that we are involved in at the moment.  A business person [male or female] will wear a business suit, a policeman or fireman will wear a police or fireman’s uniform, our supreme court justices wear long black robes, a nurse or doctor will wear a white coat, prisoners wear the traditional orange or stripe jump suits, and young teenagers [both white and black] wear their hooded sweat shirts.   This list goes on and on, however, when you stop and consider the different types of uniforms that each group wears, which of these groups brings the greatest fear or threat into your mind, and cause you to pause and consider the race and character of such a group, and WHY?

Now I encourage you to think deeply on what you are considering here, especially believers of Jesus.  Because outward appearances can be deceiving and often have nothing to do with one’s true self. Jesus severely chastised the Pharisees for putting on a show of exterior piety but inwardly they were full of hatred and hypocrisy. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness“ (Matthew 23:27). Jesus died for all men and His love was expressed toward all men.  Do you express your love in the same manner as Jesus?

It is my conviction that no one can be pleasing to God who bases his acceptance or rejection of others according to outward appearances. Even as racial hatred and prejudice, focuses on outward appearances, it is rooted (finds its origin) in an attitude of superiority. Racial hatred and prejudice  is demonstrated when people refer to someone in terms of derision according to their race or nationality. The account of the Pharisee and the publican who went into the Temple to pray illustrates how hatred for others most often is rooted in an attitude of self-superiority. In Romans 12:3 the apostle Paul warned, “…not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to have sound judgment..,“

Time and again Jesus taught His disciples to not think in terms of personal superiority, but to be humble, willing to serve others. He demonstrated this in the most forceful of ways by washing His own disciples’ feet even though He was the very Son of God. How grieved our Lord must be as He looks upon His people for whom He died and hears them use ugly words of racial hatred. Brethren, be honest with yourself; no one loves God and Jesus Christ who refers to another human being in vile and ugly terms (I John 4:20-21).

Now, in considering your truthful answer to this question, “WHAT ROLE DOES A PERSON OUTWARD APPEARANCE PLAY INTO A PERSON STEREOTYPING OF OTHERS, AND OR OUR OWN RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE MIND SET?” Let me provide you with the answer that Jesus left for you, when he said, “And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

In our next lesson on this subject we will discuss how Racial Hatred and prejudice produces division in all people rather than unity.  I remain your brother in JESUS CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

RACIAL HATRED IN AMERICA AND WHY WAS TRAYVON MARTIN MURDERED?

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

RACIAL HATRED IN AMERICA AND WHY WAS TRAYVON MARTIN MURDERED?

Today, we will center our focus on Racial Hatred and why was Trayvon Martin targeted on this day for murder?  This is a very deep and troubling question that should disturb all of us as parents regardless of the color of our skin.  Trayvon Martin was not just a young Black Child, he was all of us.  He embodied the heart, soul and spirit of who we all are as God’s children.  If an individual can target one of us hunt us down, murder us and then claim self defense and get away with it, this leaves the door open for this to happen to anyone of us. Racial hatred comes in all colors, creeds, shapes and sizes.  No one race of people holds the key to Racial Hatred and Prejudice.  However, the case we are discussing deals with a young black male who was targeted for murder on this day, and because he was targeted and murdered it has awaken the conscious of all the world.

Racial hatred focuses on outward appearances rather than the inner man. The first thing a prejudiced person notices is skin color. This was evident in the 911 tapes as Zimmerman spoke to the 911 operator.  It appears that his mind was focus only on the color of Trayvon Martin’s skin and his racial prejudice and hatred for Black people in general.   Perhaps we all, consciously or subconsciously, notice whether the person we just met is White, black, Hispanic or Oriental.

However, some not only notice skin color but immediately formulate attitudes of acceptance or rejection based solely on one’s color of skin. In the 1800′s and even into the 1900′s many Caucasians believed that black people did not have souls. All blacks were considered at one time to be good only as slaves. Our Supreme Court even concluded that Black people were only considered to be two fifth of a human being.

When God rejected Saul as king over Israel due to his disobedience, He sent Samuel to the household of Jesse to anoint the one He had chosen to become the new kingI Samuel 16:6-7 says that Samuel “looked at Eliab and thought, surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’“

In Acts 13:22 we discover what God was interested in concerning who would be king over Israel. “…I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.” God looked into David’s heart and saw a man who had a love for Him and was willing to submit totally to His will. There are so many passages of scripture we could quote to show that God is not concerned with outward appearances but with what is found in men’s hearts. Does God care whether one is black, white, brown or any other color? No, He cares if we are humble, merciful and obedient, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God“(Micah 6:8).

Now we all must demand that our elected officials stop looking just at the outward appearance of an individual and provide justice for all of its citizens.  We all are children of God, and with God there is no white person are black person, we are shades of the same God with the same red blood running through our veins.

Jesus went to the cross and died for each one of us, his love for us extended beyond what color we are.  If Jesus can do all he did for each one of his children, then why can’t we find it in our hearts to rid ourselves of Racial Hatred and Prejudice and show that same love and commitment for all right here and now.

Jesus proposed this question to all who say that they are Christians and believers of God.  He said, “How can you say that you love me, whom you have never seen, and have Racial Hatred and Prejudice in your heart for your brother and sister whom you see daily?”

Now as we close, let me encourage you in the name of Jesus to demand justice for Trayvon Martin and never stop seeking answers to this question, “RACIAL HATRED IN AMERICA AND WHY WAS TRAYVON MARTIN MURDERED?” 

Let us all keep this family and the community lifted up in prayer.  We know that our God is a prayer answering God, and if we will all bow down and say daily a little prayer for someone other than ourselves, God will come and bring healing, and we all will see a supernatural miracle take place right before our very own eyes.  I lift each one of you up in the name of Jesus Christ, I remain your brother PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE HAS NO PLACE IN AMERICA TODAY

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

RACIAL HATRED AND PRDJUDICE HAS NO PLACE IN AMERICA TODAY

WHY WAS TRAYVON MARTIN [A BLACK YOUTH] MURDERED?

This is a question that all of America and the world should be asking ourselves.  This young teenager could be anyone of our children regardless to the color of our skin.  But it so happens that Trayvon Martin was a seventeen year old young black male, and young black males always have a target on their backs.   We should not have to worry about our children being gunned down for no reason other than the color of their skin.  Based on the 911 tapes and all the evidence thus far it appears that Trayvon Martin was murdered because he was a black youth.  Now listen to the 911 video clip and make your own judgment, and we will continue this discussion on the other side.

People of all races are rallying around this family and beginning to stand up for justice.  This is a very good thing.  It let’s those who will fan the flames of racial hatred and prejudice know that they cannot continue to murder young black youth and get away with it.

We as parents worry about our children when they leave our present for any reason, but we should not have to worry about them because of the color of their skin.  My two boys grew up in a gated community in the North East Georgia Mountains where they were the only two black kids in the entire community.  I did not worry about them traveling in, and around the community, but I did worry about them when they were on the outside of the community and traveling through the city.  Our neighbors were very good people and we all got along well and looked out for each other.  You can find these communities all over the country, but for the bad apples the ones with racial hatred and prejudice in their hearts, it makes it difficult for all of us.

The murder of Trayvon Martin is a perfect example of a bad apple that has caused a worldwide condemnation of what has happen.  Although it was a young black teenage boy that was murdered, it has brought all races, creeds and colors to come together to find justice for the family of Trayvon Martin.  Why?  Because this is not a black thing are a white thing, it is the right thing to do for all of us.  We all have children and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and it is very important that we protect them from racial hatred and prejudice and having a target on their backs, allowing them to be hunted down like a wide animal, then shot, killed and the hunter is able to walk away free without having to worry about having to face LADY JUSTICE.

The time has come for us to shed our racial hatred and prejudice for each other and put on God’s whole armor of love.  Whether black or white, those who feel that skin pigmentation is to be ridiculed are doing nothing other than calling God a fool and saying that He did not know what He was doing when He caused people to adapt to environmental changes and develop different color hues.  Probably one of the deepest throes a person can endure is to slowly die a spiritual death and not know it.

Many are there among us who have allowed bigotry and racial prejudice to separate them from the eternal light of God.

No attitude of mind is further from the spirit of Christ than that of racial hatred. No, I am not thinking in terms of degree of sin, I simply mean that racial hatred and prejudices are totally antagonistic to and opposite of the “mind of Christ” that caused Him to give up His equality with God and come to earth for the specific purpose of dying for all men. In the next few lessons we will look at some thoughts concerning the focus of racial hatred, the root cause of racial hatred, fruits of racial hatred, and conclude by considering racial hatred compared to the spirit of Christ and God-likeness.

Let us all not forget that Trayvon Martin’s dreams and hopes were taken away from him, his parents dreams and hopes for their son was snatched away on that dreadful night.  This could have been anyone of our sons and how would we be feeling at this moment?  So I encourage each one of you to pray in honest for this family and the community.

Now let us stand together as a people, not black people are white people, but the American people.  We are all Trayvon Martin; We are one in Jesus Christ, not separated by our skin color.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

RACIAL HATRED AND PREJUDICE HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SOCIETY

The time is now, to begin shedding our racial hatred and prejudice and putting on the whole armor of God’s pure unadulterated love.     

Now let us begin this discussion by first sharing with you how the Wikipedia describes this subject matter.  It says “Ethnic hatred, inter-ethnic hatred, racial hatred, or ethnic tension refers to feelings and acts of prejudice and hostility towards an ethnic group in various degrees.  There are multiple origins for ethnic hatred and the resulting ethnic conflicts. In some societies it is rooted in tribalism, while in others it originates from a history of non-peaceful co-existence and the resulting actual disputed issues.”

Often ethnic conflict is enhanced by nationalism and feeling of national superiority. For which reason inter-ethnic hatred borders with racism, and often the two terms are conflated.

On the opposite side, ethnic conflict may stem from the feeling of real or perceived discrimination by another ethnic group,  Ethnic hatred has often been exploited and even fueled by some political leaders to serve their agenda of seeking to consolidate the nation or gain electorate by calling for a united struggle against a common real or imaginary enemy. In many countries incitement to ethnic or racial hatred is a criminal offense.

Here in our own country, we elected a Black Man for the very first time in the history of the United States of America as our President.  He is now facing unprecedented attacks against him for having some African American blood running through his veins even though he is of a mixed raced.  No other President in history has ever had to face the kind of racial prejudice and hatred and insults as this President has had to face.

Writing in The Miami Herald, columnist Leonard Pitts says this about the Tea Party: “Their stated fears — socialism, communism, liberalism — are just proxies for the one fear most of them no longer dare speak … it insults intelligence to deny that race is in the mix.”

Just this past week a well know celebrity named Brigitte Bardot was convicted on Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.  French anti-racism laws prevent inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious or racial grounds. Bardot had been convicted four times previously for inciting racial hatred.

Here again is another racial hatred trial that just open, it is the trial of a West Australian man who posted a video on YouTube accusing Judaism of being a “religion of racism, hate, homicide and ethnic cleansing” opened in Perth.  The man named Brendon Lee O’Connell reported is charged with saying these words, “You are a racist, homicidal maniac,” he said, adding that “I will put you in the camps with the rest of them.”

The time has come for us to shed our racial hatred and prejudice for each other and put on God’s whole armor of love.  Whether black or white, those who feel that skin pigmentation is to be ridiculed are doing nothing other than calling God a fool and saying that He did not know what He was doing when He caused people to adapt to environmental changes and develop different color hues.  Probably one of the deepest throes a person can endure is to slowly die a spiritual death and not know it.  Many are there among us who have allowed bigotry and racial prejudice to separate them from the eternal light of God.

No attitude of mind is further from the spirit of Christ than that of racial hatred. No, I am not thinking in terms of degree of sin, I simply mean that racial hatred and prejudices are totally antagonistic to and opposite of the “mind of Christ” that caused Him to give up His equality with God and come to earth for the specific purpose of dying for all men. In this lesson we will look at some thoughts concerning the focus of racial hatred, the root cause of racial hatred, fruits of racial hatred, and conclude by considering racial hatred compared to the spirit of Christ and God-likeness.

Racial hatred focuses on outward appearances rather than the inner man. The first thing a prejudiced person notices is skin color. Perhaps we all, consciously or subconsciously, notice whether the person we just met is white, black, Hispanic or oriental. However, some not only notice skin color but immediately formulate attitudes of acceptance or rejection based solely on one’s color of skin. In the 1800’s and even into the 1900’s many Caucasians believed that black people did not have souls. All blacks were considered at one time to be good only as slaves. Our Supreme Court even concluded that Black people were only considered to be two fifth of a human being.

When God rejected Saul as king over Israel due to his disobedience, He sent Samuel to the household of Jesse to anoint the one He had chosen to become the new king. I Samuel 16:6-7 says that Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him. But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’

Acts 13:22 tells us what God was interested in concerning who would be king over Israel. …I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.God looked into David’s heart and saw a man who had a love for Him and was willing to submit totally to His will. There are so many passages of scripture we could quote to show that God is not concerned with outward appearances but with what is found in men’s hearts. Does God care whether one is black, white, brown or any other color? No, He cares if we are humble, merciful and obedient, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

Outward appearances can be deceiving and often have nothing to do with one’s true self. Jesus severely chastised the Pharisees for putting on a show of exterior piety but inwardly they were full of hatred and hypocrisy. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness (Matthew 23:27). Jesus died for all men and His love was expressed toward all men.

It is my conviction that no one can be pleasing to God who bases his acceptance or rejection of others according to outward appearances. Even as racial hatred focuses on outward appearances, it is rooted (finds its origin) in an attitude of superiority. Racial hatred is demonstrated when people refer to someone in terms of derision according to their race or nationality. The account of the Pharisee and the publican who went into the Temple to pray illustrates how hatred for others most often is rooted in an attitude of self-superiority. In Romans 12:3 the apostle Paul warned, “...not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to have sound judgment..,

Time and again Jesus taught His disciples to not think in terms of personal superiority, but to be humble, willing to serve others. He demonstrated this in the most forceful of ways by washing His own disciples’ feet even though He was the very Son of God. How grieved our Lord must be as He looks upon His people for whom He died and hears them use ugly words of racial hatred. Brethren, be honest with yourself; no one loves God and Jesus Christ who refers to another human being in vile and ugly terms (I John 4:20-21).

Racial hatred produces division rather than unity. At the time Jesus lived among men, the Jews, more specifically the Pharisees, had totally separated themselves from anyone they considered unclean. Thus, they had absolutely nothing to do with the Gentiles. This attitude of prejudice made it difficult to bring about the unity in Christ between Jew and Gentile that God desired. John 17:20-22 contains a portion of Christ’s prayer for unity among believers. We should be impressed with how important unity is to God by the fact this prayer came in the shadow of the cross. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

I believe God would have His children work together to show the world by example that true racial equality and racial harmony are to be found only in Jesus Christ. The Constitution and various laws of mankind can be and are well-meaning but will never accomplish racial peace and love as does conversion to Jesus Christ. If we follow in the footsteps of Jesus as we are supposed to (I Peter 2:20-22), we will love all men, showing partiality to none and being prejudiced against no one merely due to race. I once heard a dear sister in Christ say of a black friend, “She’s as white as I am in God’s sight.” I am confident she did not mean the comment to be a racial slur, yet it demonstrates how easily we can have an attitude of racial prejudice.

There is no room in heaven for anyone who hates or considers another inferior simply due to race or skin color. Very little progress has been made in our nation in overcoming racial prejudices, injustices, and hatreds. I pray the Lord’s people will show the way of love for all and equality among all in Jesus Christ. May we never shame His precious name by being guilty of racial hatred.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,168 other followers

%d bloggers like this: