Race In My World Part 2

Don’t read this until you have read part 1.

So what is the point of this post?  Let us ALL expand our MINDS and INTELLECT.  How do we as people of America live the dream of Dr. MLK Jr?  Is the dream to keep talking about race and our differences?  To be unique and yet equal?  To all be blended into 1 color with no uniqueness?  What is God’s idea of the dream?  How does end-time prophesy from the Bible relate to the racial status in America?

I want every race to be equal in compensation, educational opportunity, social status, and every other category.  The question that I struggle with is what does that look like.  I think there is richness in every culture and to melt everyone into one pot would be bland and boring.  Being equal doesn’t mean we all look the same, talk the same, think the same.

My opinion is that true equality comes through the love of God and the direction of our leadership.  We must ‘walk out’ the love of God on a daily basis.  That means standing up for those are suffering injustice.

Ok, ok, we probably agree on all that.  Let’s talk about something more edgy…

Stereotyping races is extremely dangerous.  Whether you are lumping all Whites together, Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, etc.  I find it very difficult to stay open minded about race relations when someone from another race lumps you into an unfair stereotype.  Watch this video and then continue reading…

I felt like the prayer from Rev Lowery was great until the last line.  Of course, he wasn’t supposed to be talking to me.  However, I can’t help but think he wanted us all to hear, or He wouldn’t have used the microphone.  The last few lines were comical.  However, they took a dig at several races.  The final line lumped all whites into doing the wrong thing.  Help whites ’embrace what is right’.  Am I reading too much into this?  After listening to the prayer, I remember thinking, “Hey, I’m white and I am embracing what is right.”  He didn’t specify certain groups of white and he did not insinuate that other races embraced what was wrong.  Ok, I will say it…. it sounded discriminatory and stereotypical.

I don’t feel like we all should have to walk on egg shells, but at the same time I think there should be accountability for all races to speak accurately and on the same standard as others.

Your thoughts?

-robin

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Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at www.psmchurch.com

Posted on January 27, 2009, in Daily Word, My Family, politics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. My first thought was “Is this guy related to Jacob Lowery?” then I thought about how white Jacob is so I thought, “probably not”.

    It was pretty insulting to all races…what does “brown stay around” indicate? That all brown people are abandoners or on the run?

    On the other hand (because I like to examine all sides of an issue), Rev. Lowery was born in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1920s. Alabama is one of the most racist places I’ve ever been. Yes, still today. The racism goes both ways there. When schools were desegregated most whites pulled their kids out of public school and put them into private schools. Once when I was working in Selma, Alabama I asked one of the administrators where all the white students were in the school. I was told that the whites in the area would rather live in a shack without running water and sent their kids to private school than to send their kids to public schools. This conversation took place only 5 (FIVE) years ago. In Mobile, where I lived there was not even ONE church that could be termed “multi-cultural”. There were some pastors who were working on it and most of them were white pastors. So if it seems to Rev. Lowery that “whites need to do right”, given his background and experience, I would agree with his prayer.

    Rev. Lowery is 88 years old and he actually worked with Dr. King. Men like him should be honored they have fought the good fight and they are seeing the fruit of thier prayers, sweat, blood and tears. He can pretty much say whatever he wants.

    I spoke to a friend of mine while I was in Alabama. A good Baptist minister. We talked about the election. We both said this…I like Obama but I could not reconcile what he stands for politically with what I stand for as a Christian, so I could not vote for him. However, it is about time a black president was elected. He said that this election has effected race relations in Alabama.

  2. love this blog. i love the differences of each race. i think to make everyone be the same would be soooooo boring. i think you have nailed this one on the head pastor robin. but i do believe that the way pastor lowery’s (no relation to me!) generation feels will possibly not die until they do. its hard to change when you’ve been through certain things and have been raised a certain way. i said this on part 1 and i still believe it—we have the chance to raise our children in a way that racism can be erased. i’m looking forward to it. embracing each race’s differences. not thinking that someone different than you is wrong—just beautifully different.

  3. Interesting CB, but I do not see much difference in Dr. Lowery and the white people of Alabama with their blatant racist attitudes, only a matter of degree. Either we do not see a person’s color and react on personal merit, or we do, and are influenced by that observation. Concerning our President, I couldn’t care less what color his skin is. What matters is his ability and desire to protect and preserve our country. There are some incredible citizens out there of African descent, such as Thomas Sowell, whom I would love to see lead our country.
    I salute you Jacob for training your children to not see skin color and having hope for the future because of it. Now if we can only get the politicians and media to quit pontificating and start practicing what they preach…

  4. CBgrace…I have no problem honoring those men and women that have fought a good fight. However, by saying whatever he wants, Rev Lowery could be harming his own case.

    rob…the fact that Obama is black is not important to the execution of the job, but it reports that the citizens of the US have come a ways beyond the racism of the past. your best line was the last!! great point.

    My favorite candidate for president was African American, Alan Keyes. He has DECADES of experience at the executive level, extensive insight in foreign policy, and he is grounded in Biblical truth. His problem is that he doesn’t play the political game. Therefore, he most likely will never have a chance. http://www.alankeyes.com/

  5. My favorite candidate for President would have been Colen Powell or even Condeleza Rice but both have indicated they will not run.

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