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Steps to Overcoming Racism in Your Life
already know it's wrong. What they really need is help to
overcome it. Let me show you how.
the Problem - There is nothing
that can be overcome without first admitting that you have
a problem with it. If this has been an area of concern in
your life, it's probably been there for a while. Perhaps
you know it, you've just never been big enough to admit
it to yourself. Take that step today. Say, "I have
a problem with racism." If you know you have a problem
with it but will not admit it, you can stop reading now.
The following steps won't help you if you don't acknowledge
B. Identify the Causes
- A large percentage of the time, racism
and prejudice are learned from a parent, grandparent, friend,
or some significant other in your life. We know it is learned
because it is definitely not natural.
Two decades after the
Civil War, the North and South still had not achieved reconciliation.
Such reconciliation would not succeed unless it was achieved
by the generation that fought that war. Should that generation
die unreconciled, its hatreds would become the next generation's
legacy, and would be perpetuated. It is an historical truism
that inheriting hatred is a near inevitability, eradicating
them a near impossibility.
You must identify the
initial causes of your prejudices, like, "I learned
it from ___________," and fill-in the blank.
Next, you must identify that which causes feelings of prejudice
to arise in your heart today. For example, those feelings
might arise for some when they see two races intermarried,
or when they see a child belonging to the race they feel
is best being cared for by a couple that belongs to a race
they feel is inferior. Some people struggle with prejudice
when they are cut-off in traffic by someone different from
them. Whatever it is, identify it.
C. Predetermine your
Reactions - Having identified
that which causes these feelings, think through the situations
that stir up these negative feelings for you. Work through
them in your mind, determine that the problem is yours,
not theirs, and decide in your mind how you will react the
next time the situation arises.
D. Pray for God's Help
- There are very few problems in life
that we can face alone. Ask God to help you and purpose
in your heart to accept His help. Never ask God to help
you simply to pacify Him. He sees right through that and
it only hurts you.
E. Memorize a Verse or
Verses Pertinent to Your Problem - The
Bible promises that God's Word NEVER returns void. After
asking for God's help, meditate on the verse you memorized
and let it do it's work in your heart.
F. Chart Your Progress
- Some days will be better than others.
Celebrate the successes on the good days. On the bad days,
revisit the steps of identifying the causes and predetermining
your reactions. I would even encourage you to keep track
of it all in a journal. You will be pleasantly surprised
at the progress you make.
G. Commit It To The Lord
- No one wants to build successes in
your life more than the Lord Jesus Himself. In your quest
to be more like Him, commit your plans to the Lord and you
Prejudice will blind us to
the truth at best, and cause us to believe a lie at worst.
Race makes no difference to God - He shows no favoritism
to any race that assumes it is superior to another. Likewise,
He shows no partiality to a race that has been mistreated:"In
truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every
nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted
by Him" (Acts 10:28,34-35). God is colorblind. Are
On January 26, 2001, Seiko
Sakamoto, a plasterer working in a Tokyo subway station,
fell into the path of an oncoming train. Lee Su Hyun, a
Korean student in Japan for language studies, leaped down
on the tracks to save Sakamoto. Both Hyun and Sakamoto were
unable to exit the path of the oncoming train and were killed.
This selfless act by the Korean
student on behalf of the Japanese laborer has caused many
people in Japan to reconsider their long-held prejudices
directed toward Koreans. Strong feelings of distrust between
the two countries go back to World War II-atrocities inflicted
upon Koreans by the Japanese. Many Japanese people, including
the prime minister of Japan, have openly expressed sorrow
over their previously held stereotypes of Koreans and have
begun to talk about reconciliation. Nobuaki Fujioka, a 62-year-old
Japanese, said, "I felt a kind of shame. A young foreigner
sacrificed his life for a Japanese. This is not an easy
thing to do."
Admitting your struggle and
bringing it to God may be something He is leading you to
do today. Problems with racism must be overcome one person
at a time. Will you be the first to fall at Jesus' feet,
to repent, and ask for His help? Take a moment to recommit
your heart to Christ and allow Him to color your world with
love and acceptance.
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Faith Matters by Dr. Ken Lovelace. All rights reserved.