I had never been invited to a Tupperware party, but I found me some Tupperware. I didn't like to cook that much, but I joined a recipe club. And every Monday I started taking my little recipes in, in my Tupperware, until they started mellowing, because a lot of discrimination is because of a lack of association.  And after I was there for maybe about six months, everybody was fine. We got along fine. They started inviting me to their homes and stuff like that because they had to relate in order to understand.

 

Crosswalk.com: What, as Christians, can we do to overcome racism and discrimination that still may exist in the church?

 

Thelma Wells: I think we have to go back to our origination, in Psalm 139. Because in Psalm 139, we are not discriminated against in God's eyes.  Every human being who was born, or will be born, is already a part of God's plan, before the foundation of the world. In Psalm 139 it shows us that we are more spirit than we are soul and body. Whatever your color, your origin, size, your financial status, your position in life, your maturity or immaturity, or your job, we are more spirit than we are flesh and blood.

 

When we get the picture of God's wonderful weaving of the body around the spirit that He breathed into us, as He breathed into Adam, and when we get over ourselves, thinking that we are better than somebody else because of where we are, or who we think we are, then we will be better able to relate to people of all kinds. I truly believe that. 

 

Some people say that they are color blind, but it's a lie. You're not colorblind. You may not be affected, but that's where we need to be. We should not be affected by the size of somebody's eyes, or the texture of their hair, or how their teeth are set in their head, or what size they are. As Christians, we are mandated to love everybody. In First John, I think it's in the third chapter or the fourth, it says, "If you say you love me whom you have not seen and hate your brother, who you see all the time, you are a liar and the truth is not in you."  So how is the church going to overcome this?  By understanding the word of God, God's purposes for every life, and what Jesus has said about loving your neighbor.


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