This concludes this week’s series. Look for our next series starting next Monday!
How does this show itself?
As we think about Pharaoh, we see that this manifested itself in very ugly, and brutal ways; slavery, and death.
And as we take some time now to reflect on our own lives, and examine our own hearts, I can almost guarantee that it will not be that obvious.
But if we are honest, if we are genuine, if we are real with ourselves, we can begin to see these roots of racism and division within our own hearts.
This can be a million different things.
We scoff when someone talks about being the victim of racism.
We cringe when we hear other languages spoken in our midst.
We roll our eyes when we hear another cultures music.
Do we find ourselves slipping into racial stereotypes? Latinos are lazy, African-americans are angry…etc…etc?
And the hard part is that we are bombarded with these images on a daily basis. Think about it for a second.
“Great, white hero.” “Last Samurai, Dances with wolves, Freedom Writers…etc”
Gang members are nearly always minorities.
Villains are almost always middle-eastern, or of another culture.
There was even a recent debate on a major News Station about the Whiteness of Jesus and Santa Clause.
Through our media, through our news shows, and through our relationships, we are being taught that one group of people is more important than another.
And it’s not just that we are more important, but that they cannot be trusted, and must be removed or used for our own purposes.
Racial Inequality is…
It is this belief of racial or economic superiority that God despises.
It is, at it’s most basic level, evil.
We were created to be one. To live among one another, to encourage one another, and support one another. In scripture, we are commanded to offer hospitality to those who we disagree with, and are commanded to treat those from outside our borders as our brothers.
In the New Testament, the writer, Paul, broke down the barriers that divide; no more are there Jews, Gentiles, slaves, free, Americans, Mexicans, South Africans, British, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Sudanese, Egyptian, Iraqi, Greek, French, Etheopian, Brazilian, or Colombian.
We are all one. Brothers and sisters. We are all broken, but we are all welcomed and are offered transformation.
And we are all expected to live this same sense of communal one-ness.
This one-ness means that we are to be disgusted when we witness acts of economic, or racial profiling.
When another is taken advantage of, it is our responsibility to fight for our brothers and our sisters.
Ultimately it is an issue of power
Ultimately, this issue comes down to being an issue of power. Are we willing to relinquish our power and our desire to be the best or the greatest? Can we choose to fight against ethnocentrism, and can we choose to live as Christ, laying down our preferences and our pride?
If we are dedicated to living out a Kingdom life, and following the Kingdom of God, we aren’t given an option. This is a Kingdom of God requirement.