With all of the fuss over the confederate flag I have noticed one thing. That one thing is division. Some people argue that it is about race. Some people argue that it is about heritage. Some people want it taken down. Some people want it to stay. Look on any social media platform and you see nasty arguments on both sides. People on both sides of the arguments are calling the others uneducated. The true problem is that we have a race issue still in America. We have come a long way in race relations, but sometimes I feel that we are going backwards.
We still have issues with race. Just this week there was a news story in metro Atlanta about the KKK putting out recruiting flyers in a community. The message on the number that was left on the flyer praised the Charleston church shooter. There are many other groups that feel that their race is superior and hate other races. There is no reason that in the year 2015, 51 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed that we should have race issues in America.
When I see issues such as this I always refer to the Bible to see what God has to say. In Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae he addresses some points that apply today. First we see that there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and freeman. Looking at this, one can see that there is no difference in man because of where one is from. God created man in his image. This means all men. No one race is superior to another. There is no distinction.
Paul goes a little further and gives the church more instruction. He tells them to have a heart of compassion, be kind, show humility, gentleness, and patience. As a church we have to look at what our actions and words say about us and who we are. We must have compassion for our brothers and sisters. If we are displaying something that stirs up emotions of hatred or racism we have to think about why we are doing it. Are we showing compassion for our brothers and sisters if we are displaying it?
Last we come to what I feel is the most important point in this section. That is the unity we have in Christ. Without love for one another we cannot have unity. Love is what brings us together. Jesus tells us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. There is no greater commandment then this. As long as we have devices that portray hatred we cannot have love and there will be no unity among the races.