[All] Lives Matter

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I’ve lived in the South my entire life and have met zero people who are racist. I know there are some out there (probably those who live out in the boonies who’ve never met anyone with a different skin tone than their own), but racism is really not that common. The few white people who are/were have unfortunately given the rest of white people a bad name, especially lately.

But people seriously need to stop making such a big deal out of this whole racist thing. Yes, “black lives matter,” but there is hardly a problem with racism these days, except what we hear nowadays that’s been blown out of proportion by Media and the few loud people who get “offended” by something “unfair.”

Once again, YES, “black lives matter.” Of course they matter! But so do white lives, female lives, male lives, elderly lives, and unborn lives. We’re all made in the image of God, and that makes us all important, all of equal value, and all made to be respected for that. It doesn’t make a difference what nationality, what age, what gender … LIFE matters. And if one human being can’t respect another person for that much, then that person is the problem … not guns, not black people, not white people, not cops. It’s a heart issue, not a skin/gender/authority issue. And if we don’t start there with fixing the problem, this whole “racism” thing will never be resolved.

You don’t treat a symptom to cure the sickness; you find what’s causing the sickness and treat the root of the problem. We need to fix our own hearts and then we can start fixing what’s wrong with this country.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that, but the Bible explains it a whole lot better than anybody. 1 John is a great place to learn about how we ought to be loving others:

“…the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11)

“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:13-18)

“And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21)

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