As you know, there was a terrible church shooting this past week in South Carolina. These were people doing what they should have been doing. Spending time with God. Yet, an act of hate killed nine people.charleston-church

Why did he do it? Because of the color of their skin.

Genesis 1:27 states, So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. I don’t see anywhere in this passage, or quite frankly anywhere in the Bible, where it says God created “white” man in his image. And if you think about it, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I believe that would make him “brown.”

We must stop this hatred based on the color of skin. There is good and bad in each tone. There are a lot of whites in jail and on welfare, so don’t try to place that just at the feet of the black man. While most people on welfare are black, the majority on Social Security Disability are white. And most of those people aren’t disabled enough to not work. They’ve just found a way around it.

Everyone sins. No matter the color.

Racial harmonyAnd yes, I use the term “black.” That is because when I was growing up the saying was “black is beautiful.” Then some jerk (probably a white man) came out with African-American. Yet most black people have never been to Africa, much less born there.

I don’t see skin color. I see what’s in your heart. As we all should. I have some black friends that I’d go to great lengths to help. Yet there are white people in my life I wouldn’t cross the street for.

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I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side. – Bob Marley

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I’ve sinned quite a bit in this world, especially before I found God. I imagine when I get to Heaven there’ll be a filing cabinet full of my transgressions. Yet, I won’t have to explain to God why I didn’t likehatred the color of someone’s skin. A color He chose for them.

By hating someone based on their skin color, you in essence hate God. And you hate one of God’s creations based solely on looks.

There is a lot of ugly out there. Most of it comes from the hearts of those who hate. We all, black, white, brown, purple must learn to love each other based on what’s on the inside, not the outside. Each color has wonderful hearts and souls. And each color has darkness. We need to learn to differentiate without looking at the outward hue or this hatred will continue.

Please pray for the families of the victims in South Carolina, and yes, pray for the shooter as well. Obviously he needs peace to erase the hatred he’s allowed to take over his life.

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