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Racism gets personal: a call to love

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By Trillia Newbell
Posted Dec 28, 2011 in Religion
It's 2011; at least for the next few days. This year brought new technologies. I can't keep up with the smart phone advances. What about the cars that park themselves? Not sure that I like that advancement. We are a society that seems to continually be moving forward, except in one area for some and that is in race relations.
As I write this article I am appalled that I even feel the need to. Yes, racism is alive and well and though we are advancing in many areas the minds of some are still very behind the times. What I realize now more than ever is that racism isn't about advances. It isn't about trends or time. In order for racism to end their must be a change in the heart.
I have had the opportunity to report about race. The stories have focused on politics and church. It has been a long time since I have personally experienced blatant racism, until lately. Recently I experienced hateful speech. I was shocked but I shouldn't be. Racism is alive and well in hearts. Until people learn to truly love thy neighbor as themselves there will always be hate.
So how should I respond? I am a Christian so the answer is simple. I too, must love my neighbor. This can be difficult when you've been threatened, but it's what I am called to do. I have prayed for this anonymous offender and will continue to. I also pray that there would be a day when the hearts of many would be softened and there won't be a reason for such a post.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (Luke 6:27-28 ESV)

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