As promised here is the follow up post to the Ferguson one, and I promise this one won’t be as political.
I am not a biblical scholar, a theologian, a philosopher, a historian or someone with a lot of letters after my name. Maybe I am not the most eloquent writer and I know I am certainly not the most eloquent speaker. Yes, I have read and read the Bible, and I have read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and can even explain some of it, I may not understand some of it, but I do understand the difference between right and wrong.
- I know racism is wrong, whether white on black, black on white, Christian on Non-Christian, Non-Christian on Christian. But I also know that it is wrong for some people to manufacture and actually promote racism.
- I know it is wrong to incite or participate in violence when you don’t get your way.
- I know it is wrong to suppress free speech by shouting down, name calling, attacking another’s beliefs because their’s are not the same as yours.
- I know rational, intelligent, discussion always works best.
- I know it is wrong for the mainstream media to continue to spread a false narrative and a one sided view as to the extent of the “racial problem” and “hate speech.”
- I know it is wrong for me to force my views on others as well as to have them force theirs on me.
- I know that suppressing my right to worship and believe in God as I see fit is wrong and it is wrong for me to stop others from doing the same.
- I know that Jesus said to treat your neighbor as you would yourself.
- I know that morally there is no grey, only black and white, right and wrong.
Let’s finish with a passage from Paul’s Letter to the Romans:
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things. Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? – Romans 2:1 – 3 (RSVCE)
There are many who are quick to judge others as being racist, or any other of the current “phobics” out there, and they love to spout out their “tolerance” and “Don’t judge me because I am different” lines, yet they are the least tolerant and most judgmental of all. The are tolerant as long as you agree with them. They would be well to listen to Paul, and ask themselves, “Will they escape the judgement of God?”