Systemic Racism – A Lesson From The Book of Jonah

Today, many people contend that systemic racism continues to exist in our communities and within our Christian congregations.  Racism can be defined as what makes some people see others with suspicion or to attribute negative characteristics to an entire group of people. This type of evil manifests itself in many peoples’ individual thoughts, and also in the workings of our society itself.   Many people today protest that what they perceive as continuing inequalities in education, housing, employment, wealth, and representation in leadership positions are rooted in what they believe is America’s shameful history of slavery and systemic racism. There is no argument that during the 1950s and 1960s, black Americans fiercely struggled to gain equal rights under the law in the United States.  However, people seeing others with suspicion or attributing negative characteristics to an entire group of…

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Hate in America

Inspiration HATE IN AMERICA I often wonder if the majority of America went to sleep one night and awoke the next morning with a new found animosity for others.  Arguably, our country has never been more divided than it is today.  Literally tens of thousands of people are uncharacteristically violently acting out against others who don’t share their same beliefs.  Political beliefs appear to be at the core of our current fighting amongst each other A Persons Political Beliefs Does Not Make Someone a Good or Bad Person The fact is that God has made us all unique.  We were all born as blank slates.  What we believe and how we feel about certain things, are often a direct result of our life experiences.  Our lives would be very boring if the people we have encountered in our…

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