“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 NKJV

“For all of the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” Galatians 5:14 NKJV

We thought we were past this.  But the events in Virginia in August 2017 bring to our minds again, even though we thought we didn’t need to revisit this, we thought we had finally moved past, as a nation, to see people as people and not their ethnicity.   Crazy to think of people hating people just because of their skin color, physical features, ethnic background, culture or status.  Let’s call it what it is: it is ignorance of how God made people and it is hate.  This is 2017 after all, we’ve been through all of this before in the 60s and it was settled, right?  As a Christ follower, it is heart breaking.

We don’t realize how the enemy uses thoughts of hatred to enter into a person to subtly work to tear others down.  Break apart families.  Destroy relationships.  And prevent people from seeing their own purpose, beauty and identity.  To experience all God has for them.

I personally have been on the receiving end of some of this type of bigotry.  From an inter-racial marriage to the unspoken communication felt from a certain look or avoidance of a look which signaled someone’s uncomfortableness that you are who you are, and they think less of you because of it. 

These are the things that I didn’t want to let affect me.  Because I knew there was more to life than any superficial level of looks or categorizing due to color of one’s skin.  People of a different ethnicity or race are the same as me.  We share the same interests, ambitions, humor and faith.  We can laugh together, cry together – the very things that affect my life also affect theirs.  We have more in common than we do apart.   I am made better by my relationships with people, including people who may look a little different than me but our heart is still the same.

“Let each esteem others better than himself”   “Love your neighbor”