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The First Casualty of Hate…

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“Christians” and Racism

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In 1816, George Bourne, a Presbyterian minister in Virginia, wrote a pamphlet entitled, “The Horrors of Slavery.”

He wrote:

“Every man who holds Slaves and who pretends to be a Christian is either an incurable Idiot who cannot distinguish good from evil, or an obdurate sinner who resolutely defies every social, moral, and divine requisition.”

For his honesty, Bourne was defrocked and chased out of Virginia. Read more…

Racism and Old Southern Ideas

The following is a segment of an actual letter given to me.

“I share your desire to spread the gospel. However, since you are new to our area, I feel that you should know a few things. I believe that all members of our congregation want everyone to learn the gospel. We also want our minister and his wife to be respected by all people of the community. We’re a small Southern town with some old Southern ideas. In our town it takes great effort not to offend people but there are ways of doing things without causing outrage. I speak for several members in saying that your intense work among the Blacks may have a reverse effect on the white people in our area. I would like for you to keep in mind that this is not heaven, we are not all alike, and we can see each other’s differences. None of us are perfect and it’s only in God’s eyes that we are all the same.”

I have been privy to many racially charged comments and jokes from the mouths of Christians. These comments have been from both blacks and whites. Yet, they rationalized and justified each until they safely removed the pangs of guilt.

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Fighting Racism

The following is a segment of an actual letter given to me.

“I share your desire to spread the gospel. However, since you are new to our area, I feel that you should know a few things. I believe that all members of our congregation want everyone to learn the gospel. We also want our minister and his wife to be respected by all people of the community. We’re a small Southern town with some old Southern ideas. In our town it takes great effort not to offend people but there are ways of doing things without causing outrage. I speak for several members in saying that your intense work among the Blacks may have a reverse effect on the white people in our area. I would like for you to keep in mind that this is not heaven, we are not all alike, and we can see each other’s differences. None of us are perfect and it’s only in God’s eyes that we are all the same.”

I have been privy to many racially charged comments and jokes from the mouths of Christians. These comments have been from both blacks and whites. Yet, they rationalized and justified each until they safely removed the pangs of guilt.

Read more…

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