Beyond The 4 Walls
|Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM|
Have you found anything new in the world that you currently find yourself living in? I preached a sermon once entitled “Destined to Repeat History”. In that sermon, I discussed some of the traps of life that you can fall into. Falling into those traps will lead to a life all to familiar. For example, let’s say that your parents didn’t complete a college or even a high school education, and they had no drive to achieve anything other than what was handed to them. Now, when you came of age and decided not to pursue additional education and training, or pursue any ideas or goals that would place you into a position to make more choices, then you can expect to live the life that your parents lived. Now, I’m not saying that obtaining a higher education and degree guarantee’s success. Neither am I saying that having a great idea without an education guarantee’s success. What I am saying is there must be some type of conscious awareness to your surroundings that will have the greatest impact on not repeating your surroundings, but a sermon recap is not the purpose of this blog.
The purpose of this edition of my blog is to discuss the reality of racism in light of our current society. Racism has never gone away and in my opinion, it never will. Not because I don’t want it to, but because humans live in a flesh body and the flesh will always be accompanied with offense and pride. I cannot speak with accuracy about any other race than my own. I am a Black Panamanian American, but because of how I was raised, I identify mostly with Black Americans. Being on the losing side of racism, (winners being those in control) I am saddened by the injustices of other ALL people, especially Black Americans. Why? I think it is because I can relate to the struggle. Each class has a particular struggle and this is mine. In education, I experienced being passed over for leadership opportunities. In the workforce, I was fired because of a blatant lie from my white co-worker which was PROVEN to be a lie; however, I was not rehired, and I’ve been followed and put over the back of my vehicle by law enforcement, while not breaking any laws - which is racial profiling.
This is not a pity party, but a reality. It hasn’t discouraged me, but encouraged me to press on and pursue those desires and dreams that I have. The media is showing us the brutality and murder by law enforcement upon the black community. The political scene (current Presidential administration) has not provided any more help for blacks, as soooooooo many of you hoped it would. And we’re seeing a mockery of the church, which was once the place of refuge. This is my message to you. Take accountability for your life and don’t leave its success or failure up to another person. We can find and will find racism in every aspect of life if you look hard enough - so accept its existence and respond accordingly.
For those who know me, you know that I love the Lord with everything in me and I’m grateful for every breath that I breathe. With that said, because I BELIEVE in God and that I know HE loves me, I know that I AM required to put forth effort in this life I live. As believers, Christians, followers of Christ, we are to live a PROACTIVE life, not a passive one.
Racism will always be around. Everyone is not going to like everyone else. The human race is too vast for that to happen. Paul teaches us in Romans 12:18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” This does not imply that we will like everyone, but we should strive for peace. I’m sure you can think of at least 5 people that you won’t lose sleep over if you don’t have a close relationship with them, but you still want to have peace when you have to interact with them.
I wish this is something that law enforcement would understand. They are supposed to bring peace. A badge is not permission to abuse and murder others. Why are those guilty being allowed to maintain there position? If I, as a black man committed those same acts, I’d be under the jail. Can you see what I mean with “The Reality of Racism”. How’s this? Do you know what young black boys and men are taught regarding being pulled over by a police officer - especially a white officer? Our young black males are taught to SURVIVE. Why would you need to “survive” being pulled over? Because the reality is you could find yourself dead or in jail - EVEN IF THE SITUATION DOESN’T WARRANT THE REACTION. So, because Racism is Reality, you have to learn how to use your most powerful weapon - YOUR BRAIN!
People, please read, please learn to communicate your thoughts and feelings, please attend workshops and seminars that will help your life. Sadly, we (Black Americans) invest in FOOLISHNESS. Fashion, rims, and everything that feeds your FLESH. Following your flesh will lead to destruction. “Walk after the spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Resist the devil and he will flee.” Galatians 5:16 and James 4:7.
To the families that have and are enduring the Reality of Racism, hold your heads up and be encouraged. I know that is hard, but you must! Continuing to fight in the face of racism helps fight against it to see another day. To those who are racist, I love you with the Love of the Lord.
Psalm 121:1, 2
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.