3. You Have an “I Love Everyone” Syndrome
When dealing with a tough issue like race, it is easy to want to avoid the topic by generalizing. As believers, some have the attitude that loving everyone is enough. While walking in love is a key and foundational tenant of the Christian faith, we do not want to dismiss or minimize challenging topics like race. A key aspect of walking in love is seeing, listening, and uplifting the real and often painful experiences of people of color who live with the effects of race each day.
As we walk in love, it is essential that we are willing to extend love to those by hearing and validating their experiences. Love is an action and should be lived out in speech and action. Forgiveness and healing can take place when we cease turning a blind eye to the complex and lived experiences of those dealing with racism. Yes, love binds us together, but not at the expense of glossing over the struggle associated with race and the toll it can take on a person’s social, emotional, and physical well-being.
Read I Corinthians 12:13
4. No Time for One More Thing
Let us be honest. If we had to add one more thing to our already hectic lives, discussing race would easily be dismissed. Why? To have honest dialogue and changed behavior takes focus, commitment, and an unwavering desire to have God change our hearts. However, God is calling us to disrupt our routines and make time to not only discuss race but look for ways we can contribute to forward progress. Our home, jobs, church, family, and social settings must be disrupted to make room for honesty, healing, and a renewed sense of hope.
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