Have you noticed that racism is a major topic of conversation these days? Of course, how could you miss it! You hear it in the national political debate. The media focuses on it constantly. It is even a hot topic at local school board meetings. It seems everyone is talking about racism. It also seems everything is racist! Some are even arguing that the difference in the number of trees in some neighborhoods vs. others is a sign of racism.
There’s also a lot of discussion about how to solve the racism some believe permeates the culture. White privilege and critical race theory have become buzz words. According to these concepts, the way to counter racism is to discriminate in favor of the oppressed groups. All the talk is confusing and exhausting!
What a contrast James 2:8-9 provides. It says, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” (NIV)
This is much clearer that critical race theory! First, notice James tells us that favoritism and discrimination are sins. Racism is wrong. These violate the royal law. Second, he tells us how to overcome these sins. Love your neighbor as yourself. Wouldn’t we all be happier if we lived by this law? Today, don’t focus on arguing and debate. Rather, love your neighbor as yourself.
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