Have you ever caught yourself referring to a different race or people group as “Those People?” I was born and raised in the deep south and I heard that phrase often. As a child, I didn’t think anything of it.
I grew up in a town where you rarely saw African Americans and whites spending time together. There was the white side of town and the black side of town. I thought black people were poor and dirty. I was a product of my home town.
During college, Tim and I went to see the movie Joni. After the movie, I made a few comments about it. One such comment was, “How could that white girl wash that black girl’s hair with her bare hands?” Tim looked at me and said, “Jan, you are prejudiced!” Of course I responded with, “No, I love everybody.” But I was blinded to myself.
Sometimes prejudice is obvious; out in the open for all to see. But sometimes it’s hidden deep behind the secret walls of our heart. Watch this video for more on the subject of racism and be challenged to carry each others burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Recommended books on Racial Reconciliation:
Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison (Kindle version)
Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We are Stronger Together by Tony Evans
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