Brotherly Love

10 Important Things I Would Teach My Children About Racism, Bigotry, and Hatred

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Children of Different Races

1. Never label any particular “race” of people as being stupid, ignorant, or bigoted. Stupidity, ignorance, and bigotry comes in all shades.

2. “Race” is a man-made term used to divide groups of people and often to build walls of division, derision, degradation, belittlement, and even hatred.

3. Accept all people for whom God created them to be, and always try to build bridges of hope, love, peace, and understanding.

4. To judge a person by the color of his or her skin is to prove your level of misguided ignorance, and not necessarily your level of intelligence. Intelligent people do not allow the color of a person’s skin to create walls of division, but rather they work together, regardless of “race,” to build bridges of hope, love, peace, and understanding.

5. Never make rash and hasty decisions or opinions about any person until you have tried to walk a mile in his or her shoes, and have strived to make some effort to at least understand what makes him or her who they are. In other words, at least try to view the world through their eyes and not always your own.

6. Never be quick to criticize another person, or quick to point out their shortcomings and faults, unless you have seriously taken the time to look carefully at the individual who looks back at you in your mirror and can honestly declare that person whom you see as being “perfect.”

7. Judge no person by the color of his or her skin, but only by the content of his or her character. The color of the skin has nothing to do with intelligence levels or anything else for that matter.

8. Be quick to show love, patience, and understanding, and slow and careful to despise or reject another because of supposed differences. Strive to find the commonalities that can bind you as brothers and sisters, and focus less on the differences that supposedly cause division between you.

9. Treat all humanity as persons of dignity and self-worth, and strive to eradicate the words “hate” and “hatred” from your vocabularies. For to hate another often, in turn, leads to more hatred, which eventually leads to a bloody battlefield of contention and strife. Always remember, hatred only begets more hatred. We need not be at war with one another, but should try to find ways to live together as brothers and sisters.

10. Those who are incessant to use the “race” card for every situation, or to judge another person according to the color of his or her skin or “race” are in and of themselves racist and bigots regardless of the color of their skin. Beware of being numbered among their ranks.

 

Let Hatred Be Your Foe

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No Regrets, Only Love

Hatred towards another is a builder of walls and barriers that cause undue strife and division. It stifles any chance for reasoning and understanding and alienates love completely. It receives its nourishment from unrelenting anger and pent-up frustration and has a disdain for people in general.

At all cost, hatred should always be our foe, and never our friend. We must learn that we can never combat hatred with more hatred. The only thing accomplished in so doing is that the hot, glowing embers are kept ever-burning, and at any given moment could burst into a raging fire that becomes out of control. The only way to combat hatred is through love and a genuine understanding which in time tears down the walls and barriers which hatred has built.

Hatred causes nothing but pain and misery, but love brings about final restoration and reconciliation. In any case, hatred does far more damage to the hater than it does to the hated. It is a cancer of the soul. It gives no peace and demands continual justification. Therefore, as for me, I resolve to hate no more forever.

Who art thou to judge another?

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Man in the Mirror

Who art thou, O’ man, that thou canst proclaim thyself to be the righteous judge of all Israel? Who art thou to sit in judgment upon the condition of the house of thy brother or sister, when it is apparent that thine own house is in dire need of repairs?

Judge not so quickly what thou perceive to be the grave sins of others, when thou also art a sinner who is oft found weighing in the balances in need of a Savior.

Nay, instead of criticizing and condemning another, first take a long hard look at thyself in thine own mirror, and then render an honest answer as to whether you are justified in being so harsh in your words and actions towards others.

Be slow to tear down, but haste to encourage and edify your brothers and sisters that they may through thine own light that glows, seek after that light to illumine their own lives.

Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men

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Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Men

At this blessed season of the year people greet one another with Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and the like, and it seems that no one gets offended. However, as soon as someone says Merry Christmas or puts a sign out that says “Merry Christmas,” there are some people who seem to become enraged and claim that it offends them.

I will make no apologies to anyone for wishing everyone that I meet during this blessed season of the year with Merry Christmas. Yes, CHRISTMAS! I do not celebrate another holiday. I celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s Precious Gift to the world, the very reason not only for this season, but for our very existence.

I respect everyone for their beliefs and traditions and only ask that they reciprocate by showing me the same respect. If we would spend more time concentrating on the things that should unite us as brothers and sisters, and less time tearing each other apart because of our cultural differences and belief systems, truly there would be peace on earth and goodwill to all men. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, emphasis added)

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

As I come across news in social media venues about what is taking place in our world today, I become even more convinced that the handwriting is clearly on the wall. The world as we once knew it is rapidly coming to an end. I am not preaching a doom and gloom message, but the signs are right before our eyes.

In 1987, the band R.E.M released a song called “It’s the End of the World.” The starting lyrics of that song are as follows, “It’s the end of the world as we know it . It’s the end of the world as we know it. It’s the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine.” The sad commentary is that there are too many people, including good hearten Christians, who are looking at the world situation and are beginning to sing along with the lyrics of R.E.M.’s song. There are too many people who have decided to sit quietly by and do and say absolutely nothing with the attitude of “Que Sera, Sera” (Whatever will be, will be). In that same vein, there are others who have adopted the philosophy of life which states, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Unfortunately, because they have decided to live “La Vida Loca” (The Crazy Life) and follow the philosophies and ideologies of men, they have turned a deaf ear to truth, and a blind eye to the reality that “tomorrow” may come sooner than they expect. When it does come, they may well discover that maybe life was not just one big party after another after all.

Supreme Court in Rainbow ColorsThe Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriages in all 50 states did more than just grant the LGBT community new-found freedom. It opened the doors for many other interested groups to begin to cry out for their “rights” and “freedoms,” while in the same breath decrying the guaranteed rights and freedoms of others. The ruling did not necessarily re-calibrate the scales of justice in the interest of all concerned, but rather the needle of the scales still points off-center in favor of whichever group believes that their “rights” and “freedoms” are justly protected, and oftentimes that particular group shuns the rights and freedoms of others.

We will have to agree to disagree, if that be the case, but same-sex relations and marriages are no more an accepted societal norm than pedophilia, incest, bestiality, nudity, any type of open sex acts, or anything of that ilk. Yet, at the same time, we must realize that the gates have now been swung wide open to invite anybody and everybody who feels that their “rights” and “freedoms”are violated to “rush to justice” to plead their case for the same.

How can any court of the land, let alone the Supreme Court, say that same-sex marriages are legal, but yet a mother cannot marry her own daughter, a father cannot marry his own daughter, a mother cannot marry her own son, or a father cannot marry his own son? Would that not be considered discriminatory? Do they not also have “rights” and should they not have the “freedom” to express those “rights’? For the record, an article appeared in the media, as early as January 2015, about an 18-year-old girl who has dated her father for two years, and has plans to marry him and have children by him. Their plan is to get married and then move to New Jersey where adult incest is supposedly legal. Add to all of this confusion, that pedophiles are also diligently seeking their “rights” to have sex with underage children because they argue that “An adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative.” Their biggest rallying cry is to lower the age of consent to at least 14 years of age. (See this article also).

It is quite obvious to me that our world is spinning rapidly out of control. What was once considered acceptable and the norm in society, is now frowned upon as being ludicrous and nonsensical, and that which once seared the conscience, or that society labeled as being abnormal, is now being considered the new normality for society.  The sad commentary is that many good hearten “Christians” are also climbing aboard the first bandwagon that rolls down their streets without question or reservation. Even some “pastors” have left teaching sound doctrine because they have had their ears tickled by the vain voices of men and thus have decided to join the ranks of those whose philosophy is, “If it feels good, just do it!” Yes, without a doubt, the handwriting is on the proverbial wall, and our world is on a course of certain destruction. “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin!”

We Are All Special in His Sight

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Nelson Mandela Quote

We Are All Special in His Sight

There is not one person on this earth who is any less important, or any less special than another. We are all children of the same Heavenly Father whose immense love for each of us is incomparable to any other love that we will ever experience in this mortal life. His vicarious atonement was not just for the “special” one, nor the select few, but rather, He willingly suffered and gave His life as a ransom for all humanity.

God does not care about the color of our skin. He does not care about our social status. Nor does He care about the amount of material possessions that we have amassed in this life, or how much material wealth we have accumulated. When He looks upon us, He sees His sons and daughters, and although we are imperfect, He still loves each of us equally and unconditionally. He does not categorize us according to race, culture, life style, religious beliefs, or any type of caste system. Everyone is special and of equal importance in His eyes. That means that the person who lives alone in a shack in the lowest of valleys is of no less importance than the person who lives in an extravagant mansion on the hillside with a view of majestic mountains.

It does not matter if we are Black, White, Native American, of whatever race or culture, slave, free, Jew, or Gentile. What does matter is that each of us matter to Him. God is no respecter of persons, and if we profess to love God and that we are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot be a respecter of persons either.

Let us always be quick to love and slow to judge any of our brothers and sisters. Be thou wise O’ man to never put thyself above others, or to judge another unjustly, For pride and haughtiness often lead to a great fall, and the judgments that we meet to others, may well be the same judgments that one day will leave ourselves being weighed in the balances.

Treat Others As You Would Want to Be Treated

The Hatred Needs to Stop!

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Stop Hating!

I humbly believe that there are many good hearten people who are equating love for their brothers and sisters to mean acceptance of lifestyle or behavior. I can love my brothers and sisters (as I am commanded to do), but that does not necessarily mean that I accept their actions and behaviors. They, like myself, have their free agency, and are free to choose their path in life. You will not get any argument from me on that matter. Therefore, I refuse to hate, demean, belittle, degrade, or even condemn any of my brothers and sisters to hell as it were because of their life choices and decisions. I do not claim, nor will I purport to be their judge or jury. Regardless of the path that any of my brothers and sisters choose to follow, I echo the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “I choose to love, because hate is too great a burden to bear.”

I do not pretend to know the heart of another person. I have enough to do to make sure that my heart is in the right place. I do not pretend to understand the life of another person or the choices that he or she makes. I have enough to do to make sure that I keep my life in order, make the right choices, and stay on the right path.

Therefore, I cannot justify trying to clean out the corners in somebody’s house, when there are cobwebs in my own that perhaps need cleaning out. Let us remember that we are all imperfect people in need of a perfect Savior. Let us not fall into the trap of judging other people because we feel that the size of their sin is perhaps greater than our own sin, or because we do not practice certain behaviors, we somehow feel that we are better or superior to others.

Now, there will be some who will argue, “By loving your brothers and sisters regardless of their lifestyle and choices in life, aren’t you really condoning their behaviors and conforming to the world?” The short answer is a resounding NO! Love is compassion. It is not conforming to anything. I can have compassion for someone, help and support him or her as one of my brothers and sisters in any way I can without accepting those things which are contrary to my own personal believes and morals.

I guess what I am saying is that we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. The truth of the matter is that all of our neighbors do not live by the same morals, standards, or believes that we do, but that does not give us a poetic license to shun them, hate them, or treat them as societal outcast. Through our love and compassion we are demonstrating how we can be in the world, but not of the world.

We need to stop always focusing on the negative aspects, and start focusing on the good in people. We need to try to build more bridges of hope and understanding, instead of adding mortar and brick to walls of division, contention, and strife.

Dear friends, all the bickering, arguing, and hatred needs to stop!

Love One Another

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We All Need A Helping Hand

I sometimes feel that the biggest problems in the world today, especially among those in the Christian community, is that there is too much time and effort spent on criticizing, condemning, and judging other people because of their differences, and very little time, if any, spent on focusing on some of the commonalities that should unite us as brothers and sisters.

It is a wonderful thing that we have strong testimonies, but those testimonies do not make us any more holy or righteous than anyone else. What good is a strong testimony if that testimony does not somehow incorporate not only a sincere love for the Savior Himself, but also for all of His children – all of our brothers and sisters regardless of race, gender, background, culture, and YES, even sexual orientation?

The Savior Himself taught, “By this shall all know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Furthermore, let us not forget that the scriptures emphatically teach us, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again” (Matthew 7:1,2). James also teaches us:

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? (James 4:11,12).

Therefore, the question before us is, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).

Love will always conquer more than tenacious judgment and pernicious condemnation of others ever will. We are not commanded to agree with a person’s beliefs or accept their doctrines, principles, or teachings about how we should live our lives. Furthermore, we are not commanded to accept another person’s lifestyle. However, we are commanded to love one another.

How can we honestly say that we love God, but hold malice, animosity, or indifference in our hearts towards our brothers and sisters because they hold different beliefs, or because they live a different lifestyle than our own? Are we so perfect ourselves that we can sit as judges of all Israel? Let us also be reminded that, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). If it were not for the love, grace, and mercy of the Lord, we who are quick to judge another would be in no better place than the one or ones whom we judge.

If we as Christians claim that we are true disciples of Jesus Christ, then let us strive to meet together on common ground instead of on battle fields of hatred, blind mistrust, and misunderstanding, and show more love and compassion for ALL of our brothers and sisters. There is only one TRUE GOD and He is the Father of us ALL, and He loves us ALL equally and unconditionally.

When we finally begin to realize that the walls that seem to divide us are artificial and not God-made, and as we begin to dismantle those walls brick by brick instead of continuing to add mortar and more bricks to reinforce those walls, that will be the day when we will be able to sit down together at the banqueting table of brotherhood and sisterhood and live in peace and harmony with one another. That will be the day when we will truly understand what it means to love one another.

~ Keith Lionel Brown
15 April 2015

Love One Another