election and mean talk

Politicians say, “I’ll fight.” Perhaps it would be better if instead, they worked together for the good of the country. Voting nowadays isn’t easy. In many races there are rude and hostile people representing both parties.

Perhaps America needs more than electoral change. Maybe we need to change how we see each other.

God wants us to love one another and not to be mean because of politics or skin color. Dare to lovingly cross lines and be kind! Voting is fine, but unless we Americans change out thinking about race we’ll keep having the same racial problems.

Be a nonviolent patriot for the Kingdom of God — giving your full, courageous loyalty to Christ and His supernatural government.

Publicity is powerful. It prompts behaviors, sells products and gets votes. Perhaps we should stop publicizing violence.

Life goes better if instead of reacting to people by taking offence, we show kindness and try to understand them and their viewpoint.

Jesus implants in His followers a new heart of humility, tenderness, and compassion, that speaks the truth in love. Let’s unite against violence by no longer watching violent shows and no longer speaking with hostility that could incite it.

When a church service became a one-man monopoly and made the members spectators, it set aside the need to depend on the Holy Spirit.

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History of the race card

People with similar personalities have much more in common than people with similar skin color. Get out of the race box. Color outside the racial lines. Get my new book “Off the RACE Track” on Amazon.

If you look back at America’s race tracks, openly and honestly, some of the things you learn will break your heart. Although the Declaration of Independence says we are all created equal, for two centuries America enforced legal inequality.

In the 1600s color was defined as, “a way to separate people.” Perhaps it’s time to redefine it as, “a way to appreciate people.” If America had treated short people and tall people differently for centuries, keeping them in separate neighborhoods, we’d have a short/tall problem today.

When was the race card first played in America? When laws were passed to establish and protect color-based human enslavement. However, the color of the skin has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the person within. Making skin color a way to categorize people was an unwise idea that has caused much pain through out American history.

Colorblind? It’s okay to notice people’s color, but it’s not okay to treat them disrespectfully because of it. To heal America’s racially charged society, perhaps we all need to humbly search our history and discover how we got to this point.

I don’t believe the myth that says that black people are scary. During three summers of selling black history books door-to-door I was never harmed or even threatened by a black person. However, I did have a white guy pull a gun on me for being on his front porch. And I had two white policemen harass me, threaten me to “get a bondsman” to avoid jail, and take me to their station, all because of “soliciting.” I kept responding kindly and they finally let me go.

Race is a myth, created by Europeans as an attempt to justify human trafficking. The idea of skin-color-based racial divisions was rare or nonexistent in the ancient world. Ancient Jews saw two “races” — themselves and everybody else. Red, yellow, black, white — we’re all “Gentiles.”

The melanin within human skin creates various colors, but society’s racial regimen is a myth. Slavery and legal segregation are gone, but many of the myths that maintained them still linger.

 

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Insults, race, disagreement, politics, and history

It takes no brains, no heart, and no character to call someone a demeaning name. However, if you feel a need to insult people who disagree with you, perhaps you’re not very secure in your beliefs.

It’s easier to insult people you disagree with than to understand them. However insults always produce divisive results. I find that kind people who disagree with me are easier to get along with than unkind people who agree with me.

Under every human skin color, there’s a heart that can be touched by the same things that touch yours. Honest heart-contact heals racial divides Spice life up; become close friends with people of a different skin color than your own.

The eye sees color and puts up a wall. The heart sees a person and flows with compassion. The race track is a way to categorize by skin shade and keep people confined in color categories.

Many of America’s laps on the race track are hidden in history and that keeps us confused about race. American history, as traditionally taught, has been abridged, ignoring many of the accomplishments and sufferings of minorities. But, how can any of us understand America’s racial problem if we don’t fully know its history?

The way to overcome racism is to overwhelm it with love, compassion, and kindness. I wish one of America’s major political parties would put kindness as a plank in their platform. Political unkindness is often insecurity masquerading as fake confidence.

When I keep myself in the vicinity of serenity, my life goes much better! Our violent, hateful culture desperately needs the tree of life. We need to speak, watch, and listen to life, not hatred and violence. Making prenatal human life disposable appears to have devalued human life in all of its stages.

Pushy, power politics that bullies and forces it’s way over opposition, is not good for a democracy. Let’s be kind, not insulting.

Check out my new book, Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind at this link.

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Explaining “Off the RACE Track” in only 40 SECONDS

Are you ready to jump some tracks?

Here’s the Amazon link.

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“The Hate U Give” shows that it’s time to get “Off the RACE Track”

The new movie, The Hate U Give, is now in theaters. I watched the trailer and was amazed at how my book, Off the RACE Track, shows how America got to the point documented in this movie and gives some nonpolitical answers. I plan to see the movie soon and review it here. More @ this link.

I saw it! Powerful! Very well written screen play. Deeply moving. This will be a fresh perspective for many people. Every American adult and teenager should see The Hate U Give.

the hate u give

“We live in a complicated world.”

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What they’re saying about Off the RACE Track

Off the Race Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind is a kind, nonpolitical, and inspiring resource for racial reconciliation and healing America’s racial wounds. Here is what people are saying about it:

Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, first black National Commander, The Salvation Army, USA said: “The racial divide in America is real and it is deep. Steve Simms begins his exploration of the problem with three questions. He then takes the reader on his personal journey into lives and circumstances that too few would even dare imagine going. He is intentional about finding answers–no matter the risks. But he cannot question without engaging experiences that would otherwise be unknown and thus unappreciated. This is a rare account of a man who literally takes action on his belief in the worth of others. Interested in discovering what you can do to address the problem? Then you must read Steve’s story!”

Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof and Facing the Giants wrote: “Despite the many changes, our nation still struggles with racism and its legacy. Steve Simms walks us bravely through our dark history of slavery, while managing to do so with warmth and grace. He introduces us to unsung heroes, points out the faults of those we have long idolized, and ultimately paints a picture full of color and wonder and love. This is a book that should be read by everyone. It is a vital clanging of the bell, a wake-up call, and points us to-ward the power of love which can change generations to come. Simms writes with unsurpassed passion and grace”

Joe Calloway, professional speaker and author, said: “Quite simply, at a time in our country when tensions – racial, cultural, political – are threatening to tear us apart, ‘Off the RACE Track’ by Steve Simms offers a useful perspective. It’s a very real world perspective coming from a place of reason, kindness, and love. This book will do your heart good.”

Suzanne Jennings, song writer, said: “Steve Simms’ insightful book on race relations builds much needed bridges between areas of diversity and emphasizes the beautiful and unique contributions of the African American community throughout our collective history. Simms’ genuine and honest perspective is a timely addition to the racial milieu we find ourselves in.”

Jay Tyler, dental lab owner, said: “Racial tension is one of todays top news stories. How did we get to this point in our culture? Steve Simms lays out a detailed history of racism in our country in his new book ‘Off the Race Track.’ Steve also tells of his personal journey, living in the South, observing first hand the extent of racism. As an ordained minister, he brings in several Bible references that shine light on where our hearts should be with one another, and tells of the lives of several “heroes” of liberty and justice for all, as examples of what that looks like. This book is factual, heart lifting and heart breaking, very well written, and leaving the reader with a sense of hope in this very troubling world in which we live. If you care about how our culture can change from being color blind to being color kind, you must read this incredibly compelling book.”

Doug Krieger, publisher, retired public school administrator, said: “What you are about to read is both a history and the personal experience of Steve Simms from Tennessee. Steve grew up in the segregated South–but had no idea the ‘racial divide’ was as great as it was, nor why it existed in the first place. He speaks from the heart, while not skirting the main issues of racism in America–its history and present despair – but he provides incredible hope for America’s struggle with this most volatile issue. Seriously – you will not want to put this book down–it’s just too dynamic. It’s time to address these issue in a way of reconciliation and restoration of our fragmented society — this book has come during a most divisive time in American history.”

Bryan Entzminger, podcaster, wrote: “This book is full of variety, from a foundation of Scripture to personal (and practical) experience in putting the concepts covered into practice. And beyond that, it’s also filled with some of the history that’s been sorely missing from many of our upbringings. If you’re leading any kind of organization, it’s an important book.”

Ernie Froedge Simms (Steve’s wife) said: “So excited to introduce Steve’s new book, Off the RACE Track which , in my opinion, is his BEST book EVER! It’s an incredibly moving story of our own experiences in crossing racial barriers and reveals deeper truth at the same time. Please take a look!!”

To read a sample chapter go to this link:  https://amzn.to/2NOnQvw

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Discriminate in your reading–plant seeds of hope

All reading is not created equal. Discriminate. Find reading material that is hope-giving, uplifting, challenging, and healing. Read books that fill up your heart with love, compassion, and understanding, not books that trash your heart.

Everything you read puts a seed in your mind. Plant seeds of love and hope, not seeds of anger and despair.

Train yourself to read something inspiring and healing, everyday. An uplifting book will blow the dust off your heart and help you see life more clearly and joyfully.

If you’re ever discouraged about your life, reading Off the Race Track will give you a new perspective and make you feel fortunate. Try it and see.

Have you ever wondered (even a little bit) how race became such a big deal in America? To criticize black history when you’ve never even read a book about it is like criticizing a food you’ve never tasted.

Read about my haircut from Oprah’s dad, in chapter 1 of Off the Race Track–From Color-Blind To Color-Kind. Find it at this link. Here’s a picture of the back cover.

off the race track back cover

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