African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Chinese Americans, etc. etc. Today’s blog has more to do with questions I want you to ponder than an actual story. I have a hard time understanding why we have to profile individuals into different groups. It seems to me, that, if we are all born in American, then we should all be called Americans. Why do we have to make distinctions? If we did away with profiling, would we still have the prejudices and racism that goes on in this world? I look at our younger generation and I see that when we have a handful of kids that want to cause trouble, we profile all the kids and say they are bad. Because there are a few kids in a gang, does that make the whole race bad? I think not. If we have a handful of Policemen/women that want to be profilers, prejudice, or racist, does that make all of the police bad? I think not. Profiling. prejudice and racism is going on everyday in America by every “Group” that we can name. It is time to stop all this nonsense!! I was teaching our adult class at Church yesterday from the book of Titus and we got into a discussion on what Paul has to say in chapter 3. Paul tells Titus to: Remind them (The people of Crete) to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for honest work, TO SPEAK EVIL OF NO ONE, TO AVOID QUARRELING, to be gentle, to show perfect courtesy toward ALL men. How can we do this if we profile, have prejudices, and practice racism? WE CAN’T!! Can’t we all just be Americans and forget about race, color or creed?
When it comes to the Government, we have Republicans, Democrats, Independents, etc. I understand that it has always been set up this way. However, what if there were no divisions, groups, or profiling? How would things work? It seems that the way it is now we take our group and go to a corner and come out fighting. Why can’t we just be Americans and elect the best person? Whether it be President, Congress, senate, governors, etc. It seems so simple to me. If we could do away with the “Groups”, wouldn’t things work smoother? Wouldn’t it come down to “What is best for America” instead of “What is best for Me”? I don’t know either, but I would sure like to try.
What about Religion? We have 100’s of different denominations. Why? God established His Church on the day of Pentecost and set up the way it is supposed to work. We have let man’s opinion enter in and now we have God’s word being distorted. Through every letter that Paul wrote, he warns about distortions and false teaching. Isn’t it time to go back to the Bible and see what God says instead of believing what men say? I think so!! If we would do what God says, there wouldn’t be religious strife in this world today. Ephesians 4:4-6 says “There is ONE body, ONE Spirit, just as you were called to the ONE hope that belongs to your call, ONE Lord, ONE Faith, ONE Baptism, ONE God and father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Let’s do what God says.
Can we all get on the same page whether it be politics, religion or Americans? Probably not, but it sure would be a better world if we could.