The Race

written by Dr. David Galant

There is no rocket science behind just treating people equally.

The accompanying video to this devotion displays the reality concerning “the race” of life. Sometimes we don’t recognize the head start we have been given until we look back. Don’t you think it would be nice if we all received the same nurturing from the onset of life?

There is a great deal of inequality everywhere. Even in the United States, the poster child for civil rights, people are still ranked by social status, education, and other man-made scales. Some people have been given unfair circumstances to overcome. If you are someone who has been discriminated against, please know that God does not show favoritism. He loves each person the same!

Racism has rightly been called America's original sin. It remains a blot on our national life and continues to cause acts and attitudes of hatred, as recent events have made evident. The need to condemn and combat the demonic ideologies of white supremacy, neo-Nazism and racism has become especially urgent at this time.

Questions you should consider when approaching this subject as an individual.

Have I done enough to inform myself about the sin of racism, its roots, and its historical and contemporary manifestations? Have I opened my heart to see how unequal access to economic opportunity, jobs, housing, and education on the basis of skin color, race, or ethnicity, has denied and continues to deny the equal dignity of others?

Have I ever witnessed an occasion when someone "fell victim" to personal, institutional, systematic or social racism and I did or said nothing, leaving the victim to address their pain alone?

Racism manifests in the social structures and unjust systems that have perpetuated centuries of racial injustice. I seek forgiveness and move towards reconciliation. I look into my heart and ask for the will and the strength to help contribute to the healing of racism in my time.
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