#454 – Racism

#71 – Fear of the Lord
October 14, 2017
#312 – My First Day on the Job
October 15, 2017

An excerpt from Take Every Thought to Prayer – Volume 2 – Prayers to Love Our Neighbor

Dear Father, Your Kingdom will be populated by: Acholi, Akan, Albanians, Afar, Africans, Afrikaners, Amhara, Arabs, Armenians, Assamese, Assyrians, Azerbaijanis, Balochis, Bamars, Bambara, Bashkirs, Basques, Belarusians, Bemba, Bengalis, Berbers, Beti-Pahuin, Blacks, Bosniaks, Brahui, British, Bulgarians, Catalans, Chuvash, Circassians, Chewa, Chinese, Cornish, Corsicans, Croats, Czechs, Danes, Dinka, Dutch, English, Estonians, Faroese, Finns, French, Frisians, Fula, Ga-Adangbe, Gagauz, Galician, Ganda, Germans, Greeks, Georgians, Guaranis, Gujarati, Hadiya, Hausa, Hindustani, Hui, Hungarians, Ibibio, Icelanders, Igbo, Ijaw, Irish, Italians, Japanese, Javanese, Jews, Kannada, Karen, Kashmiris, Kazakhs, Kikuyu, Kongo, Konkani, Koreans, Kurds, Kyrgyz, Lango, Latvians, Lithuanians, Laz, Luba, Luo, Macedonians, Malays, Malayali, Maltese, Manchu, Mandinka, Marathi, Mauritians, Moldovans, Mongo, Mongols, Multiracials, Naga, Nepali, Norwegians, Nubians, Nuer, Odia, Oromo, Parsi, Pashtuns, Persians, Poles, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pedi, Romanians, Romani, Russians, Sara, Sardinians, Scandinavians, Scottish, Serbs, Seychellois, Shona, Sindhis, Sinhalese, Slovaks, Slovenes, Soga, Somalis, Songhai, Soninke, Sotho, South Asians, Spaniards, Sundanese, Sukuma, Swazi, Swedes, Tajiks, Tamils, Telugu, Tais, Tatars, Tibetans, Tswana, Tuaregs, Turks, Turkmens, Ukrainians, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yakuts, Yoruba, Zhuang, and Zulu.1 Those who walk in the streets of Your Kingdom will have white, black, red, yellow, and brown skin. They will eat, walk, talk, hug, and laugh together. People from every race, tribe, and tongue who confess and repent of their rebellion from You are welcome in Your Kingdom. Father, there is nothing about You that is racist. You’ve created us all. Why do people advocate for racism in Your name? It all points back to the core problem of humanity. We are rebels from You and we long to be our own god. We don’t want to surrender our lives to You. We don’t want You messing around with our hearts. Therefore, we make everything about skin color. If You judge people by skin color and You welcome only teal colored people into Your Kingdom, I can live as rebellious a life as I want because I have teal colored skin. I’m in heaven no matter how I live my life on earth. Racism is another one of our feeble excuses to continue to live as our own gods. I can do whatever I want in life because I have __________ skin. Father, please forgive me for any thread of racism in my heart. Please help me to love people from every ethnic group and race. Literally – may I love at least one friend from every ethnic group and race. May I also confront with authority any believer in Jesus Christ who makes skin color a determinant of a person’s value. They are not speaking for You. They are being a pawn of our enemy. Amen. (Wikipedia, List of Contemporary Ethnic Groups, August 17, 2017, 7:58 PM)