|Homeless Jesus Statue|
In this author's experience, the worst hatred comes from whites who fear that if one can break societies' ultimate taboo ("racism") then all other social norms are open to attack. Their entire worldview is shaken.
Jesus told us this would happen. We can take comfort in that fact. He did more than tell us, however, he showed us.
Lest we fear being despised, ostracized from family, fired from our jobs, Christ lived a homeless life, insecure, and ultimately headed for assassination. After only three years of telling the truth, Christ was too much to handle. He was so hated they killed him.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own... Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also." -John 15Following Jesus requires radical truth telling. It requires that we prophesy against the lies of this world. The lies of Isaiah's time were not identical to those of Jesus' era, and the lie's of Jesus' era are not the same ones we face today. Satan is the father of all lies, and we must attack him in whatever form he takes.
Christ gave us the ultimate encouragement when he lived a destitute, short, and obscure life to show us what could be done. If God lived this kind of life on earth are we in any position to reject it?
We should not be afraid of what the world can do to us for telling the truth. As our Lord said: "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
For too long liars have silenced the truth about racial issues. They've used the subject to stir up hatred between the races for political gain. Now, the silence they've forced on Christians about racial issues has led to similar silences on subjects like homosexuality.
Christians need the courage to rise up and tell the truth about all issues. We can't pick and choose. We cant lie a little here and tell the truth a little there. One spring does not produce both salty and pure water.
Christians must look to Jesus' brave example.