Truth is for telling

Truth is for telling. That’s called honesty. When mixed with mercy and love, it’s powerfully healing. People who are kind, fair, and compassionate in their interactions with all sorts of people are rarely called racist.

If you’re not a racist, be an equalist. Embrace people of all colors as equally human, equally ranked, and deserving full equality. An equalist sees the color hierarchy in American history as great injustice and as the perpetrator of extreme cruelty and abuse.

Supremacy based on skin color makes no more sense than supremacy based on eye color. How does “blue-eyed supremist” sound?

To ignore the pain and injustice that racism has caused over centuries and to get annoyed if anybody mentions it, seems a bit racist. Closeness of heart diminishes divisiveness. Hardness of heart creates callousness. Perhaps there is discomfort between races because we lack heart-felt familiarity with each other.

It’s hard not to be at least somewhat influenced by racism if we are unaware of it’s historical significance in American culture. Emotional proximity overcomes racial differences. Openheartedness heals divisiveness.

Heart-to-heart proximity between people of various colors overcomes racial myths and releases healing. Closeness leads to caring and compassion. Make an effort to hang out with and get to know people you don’t normally associate with and see.

Growing up in close proximity to crime, violence, anger, abuse, depression and drugs is overwhelming. No one should have to do that.

Bullying and intimidation attempt to silence and control people. Love attempts to listen to and learn from people.

For centuries the term “racist” stood for a popular, government-supported way of life. Today it’s an insult. That’s progress. Yet even today, white people in black neighborhoods are seldom stopped by suspicious police. Unfairly, the reverse isn’t true.

Search for: Off the RACE Track book.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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