2001-03-05 Holland Sentinel Bible speaks against racism

Bible speaks against racism
Holland Sentinel

To the Editor:

Although I did not attend the recent Summit on Racism, I do believe that the heart of the summit is and was to promote a positive atmosphere for working toward growth in the area of racism here in Holland. It appears to be a rather pro-active step to take, because I have seen this problem here in our community.

However, I also believe if we invested ourselves in more “one-anothering,” such as: … be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50), wash one another’s feet (Jn 13:14), love one another (Jn 13:35), love one another (Jn 15:12), love one another (Jn 15:17), be devoted to one another in love (Rom 12:10), live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16), love one another (Rom 13:8), serve one another in love (Gal 5:13), bear with one another in love (Eph 4:2), submit to one another (Col 3:9), forgive one another (Col 3:13), abound in love toward one another (1 Th 4:9).

I wonder if we applied these principles to our lives if there would even be a need for a racism summit?

How can we look at another human being and dehumanize them to the point that we can label them with racial epithets? Who are we to tell God that what He created is imperfect?

“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight,” That was one of the songs I remember singing in Sunday school. That song has also been a foundational part in my life, as I try to live it out, as well as, teach my children to be respectful of others.

Maybe we could all challenge ourselves in the days ahead, to strive and each out of our “comfort zones.” We can embrace each other in love and apply the commandment in Matthew 22:39 – love your neighbor as yourself.

Christy McGuire, Park Township