Last night my wife mentioned that she could not recall the race tensions, particularly between blacks and whites, being as intense as they have been during the past five years.
Of course, neither one of us lived through the race riots of the 1960s, even though both of were alive. We were simply too young to notice or even care.
With the recent trial concerning the Trayvon Martin case it seems as if the race rhetoric has been stoked up a few degrees as well.
Bill O’Reilly, over at FOX News, and Al Sharpton, over at MSNBC, have been trading barbs this past week, but to me, that whole thing is doing absolutely no good for anyone.
As is usual, they are both talking past each other, like most entertainers do, when ratings are more important than solutions.
The solutions that have been offered are typical, since so many seem to think that the more intelligent—according human standards—a person is, then the more civil and moral that person will be.
Also, if a person only has the right job that pays a “comfortable” or exorbitant amount of money, then, once again, the more moral or civil that person will be, especially toward others of a different skin color.
What absolute unmitigated nonsense!
Being highly educated or filthy rich no more makes a person more civilized and less racist than does being being highly creative or abundantly endowed in rubber tires make a person the next Pablo Picasso or Indy race car driver.
The main problem we have in this country, the United States, is a faulty worldview that is masked by all kinds of religiosity and pomposity that is vacuous.
On the one hand there are all kinds of churches claiming to be houses of God, yet a majority of them wouldn’t know the first thing about what it means to be a Christian, mainly because the leadership and laity spend most of their time piddling around with the Bible, rather than actually picking it up and teaching and preaching the whole counsel of God.
On the other hand there are militant atheists spouting off their narcissistic gibberish and the Christian counterfeits and non-Christian religions that are vying for attention, as well, as they undermine any meaningful message that would solve the racial tensions in America, if they weren’t so busy fanning the flames with their faulty worldviews.
The alternative, therefore, is to let the entertainers and the politicians solve the problem. But, as we’ve seen over the course of the past forty or fifty years, they have done nothing more than make the problem worse.
In short, unless there is a change of mind—a national repentance, if you will, a genuine Spiritual rebirth—then whether it’s a racial problem, an economic problem, a social problem, moral, political, or whatever, then nothing will be solved, and the problems will only continue to get worse.
Those who are Christians need to start acting like Christians, and those who are not Christians need to become Christians. And I’m not simply talking about empty-air confessions. I’m talking about those who know what the Bible teaches and why, and puts it into practice. It is not something indefensible or some kind of trite gobbledygook that can only lead to the kind of blasphemy in the name of God we seem to see on a daily basis.
Of course, there will be those who will scream bloody murder and make all kinds of specious accusations. But, just stop think about it. What makes more sense? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” as a solution to racist tensions, or “If you’ll just study real hard and get a degree, then you’ll get a great paying job, and your racist attitudes (whether white or black) will simply go away”?
Frankly, I’m banking on what God has to say on the subject, than what some godless politician, out of touch with reality entertainer, or mouthy atheist has to say. He has never been wrong before. Why presuppose that He’s wrong now?
So, yes, racist tensions do seem more intense than only a few years ago. But, there is a solution, and it has nothing to do with education, in the human sense, and employment. It has to do with real repentance leading to the salvation of the soul, the salvation of human relations (black, white, and brown), and salvation of a nation.
Whether we adopt that solution remains to be seen. Right now I would venture to say we won’t. We’re too proud, too “religious,” and too blind—except when it comes to skin color, which is a travesty for any nation with as many persons as there are who claim to be Christians.
Therefore, we will reap what we sow, which right now is corruption—on all fronts, whether in race relations or otherwise. God have mercy.