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We must first and foremost acknowledge the collected trauma of the African-American community. We must allow the hurting to grieve and attempt to see their pain and give them space to grieve, like we should any grieving person.
Grieve with one another and for one another: for African-Americans and other people of color, for the incarcerated and their families, for the poor, and for law enforcement.
Read and listen to stories from a variety of media outlets. A narrow mindset produces a lack of empathy; a lack of empathy produces a critical and judgmental attitude. Grief is only possible when empathy is present.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Romans 12:14-16
2. Hatred for Favoritism
Jesus denounced treating people differently because of economics, race, age, gender, and culture; he even denounced treating sinners poorly because they were sinners.
Remember, Jesus came to free captives, correct injustice, and save sinners. He came to eliminate racial divide.
All of Scripture speaks against favoritism and pride. God proves spiritual equity by extending salvation (and a relationship to Him) to the whole world, regardless of identity or behavior. As a Christian, hating sin demands that we stop making excuses for ours or others’ sinful responses during this time and stop blaming people for the sins committed against them.
Sin in Scripture is not only doing something we shouldn’t do—it’s also failing to do what God has told us to do. God hates sin, but He loves the sinner; we must do the same. Recognizing the sin that pops up during racial division means acknowledging that injustice, bigotry, and hatred are sinful offenses against God.
They are not political rallying points.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.” James 2:8-10
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