Racism Is A Sin

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

James 2:8-9 (NLT)
8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[a] 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

In light of the recent events in our country, I wanted to share a story with you. A first grader went on her first day to a newly integrated school at the height of the segregation storm. An anxious mother met her at the door to inquire, “How did everything go, honey?” “Oh, Mother! You know what? A little black girl sat next to me!” In fear and trepidation, the mother expected trauma, but tried to ask calmly: “And what happened?” “We were both so scared that we held hands all day.” Racism doesn’t come naturally, it is a learned behavior. James is clear that looking down on someone based on the color of their skin, their ethnic heritage, or how much money they have is a sin. If you have displayed that sort of attitude toward someone then you need to repent. Regardless of who you are or what color your skin is we are all in this together! The truth is we all need Jesus!

In Christ,
Pastor Mark

The Lord Looks At The Heart

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

James 2:1 (NLT)
1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

A number of years ago, when we were Pastoring in Yellville, AR, there was a tiny, but famous town just down the road from us called Zinc, AR. So what was Zinc’s claim to fame? It was the home of the Grand Wizard of the KKK. This man wondered down to our local cafe for lunch one day and made the statement, “if there are any “(expletive)” in heaven then I don’t want to go!” Since that day, it has always been my contention, that unless he repents of his attitude God might just take him up on his offer! With all the racial unrest going on in our country these days the church should be leading the fight for racial reconciliation. It’s time to stop looking at what people are on the outside and start looking at what they are on the inside. As the Lord said to the prophet Samuel, “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

In Christ,
Pastor Mark