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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:14 pm on 2016-09-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Phil Sanders: letter was ‘merciless pointing of fingers’ 

    If the letter had spoken of the need for every heart to judge himself to see whether he permits himself to be bigoted and racist, I would have appreciated it; but the merciless pointing of fingers speaks as much of the accusers as the accused.

    via TV host on open letter about racism: ‘Merciless pointing of fingers’ – Brotherhood News

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:20 am on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    6-3-2016 Hatred Without A Cause 

    David said, “They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause” (Psalm 109:3 NKJV).  “Without a cause” means “uncalled for, not needed.”  This very verse described Jesus (John 15:25), whose message was, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NKJV).  But, some then, as some today, spread the “Roots” of hate. Solomon said, “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV).  No one is following Christ who cannot pray to God, “forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4 NKJV).  Root out racism, of every color, by bringing all hearts to Jesus “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • TFRStaff 6:45 am on 2015-02-27 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Reasons Racism is Ridiculous 

    Atheism has no rational basis upon which to call anything objectively just or unjust, including racism. If mankind is merely the result of billions of years of mindless evolution and is nothing more than animals (as atheistic evolution contends; Marchant, 2008), then man can logically make evolutionary-based racist remarks that are consistent with the godless General Theory of Evolution. In fact, Charles Darwin’s “Bulldog,” atheist Thomas Huxley, did just that in his 1865 essay, “Emancipation–Black and White.” He alleged, for example, “no rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less superior, of the white man.” In truth, if there is no God, mankind could just as easily look down upon and mistreat others (whom he deems are less evolved), as he does roaches, rats, and orangutans (Lyons, 2011; Lyons and Butt, 2009). Those who are Christians, however, logically contend that since (1) God exists, and (2) the Bible is the Word of God, racism is morally wrong–and completely ridiculous for the following five reasons. Read >>
     
  • John T. Polk II 10:56 am on 2015-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    "Black Liberation" answered 

    A tract by John T. Polk II entitled, “True Liberation: Black Liberation Theology Refuted” is available for reproduction at:

    http://www.johntpolkll.com/files/documents/BlackLiberationTheology.pdf

     

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:40 am on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Red and Yellow, Black and White 

    For some reason a lot of people have no problem singing about the love of God for all the children of different races but things seem to change when they look at adults.

    The truth of the matter is that the only “race” God is concerned about is the one we’re called to finish as his people! (2 Timothy 4:7)

    Marshall Keeble once preached about the wonderful way that God could take a white egg and produce a black chicken. There’s a thought for you.

    And I’ve often pointed out that cows of all colors have no problem living in and sharing the same field. It’s amazing to me how an ignorant animal can get past the color barrier but “intelligent” people run right into it!

    Peter got it straight when he told a Roman solider, family man and truth seeker, “…In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)

    Red and yellow, black and white, Jesus died for all in his sight because he doesn’t only love all the little children of the world – he loves us stubborn adults too.

    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,…” (Matthew 13:47)

     
    • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 7:11 am on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply

      Racism is sooooooo Old Testament…….. Col 3? Also, people of all races can be very racist, it isn’t just one group that err.

      Love another……..as together, we are one!

      -original message- Subject: [New post] Red and Yellow, Black and White

      • Eugene Adkins 7:31 am on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for commenting, Pieter. I would have to say though that your comment about racism being approved in the Old Testament is not true.

        Most of the time people point to instructions on marriages and other issues but even when those are considered the truth of the matter went back to the dangers of marrying outside their faith and not necessarily their race. Remember that even Moses married an Ethiopian woman. Miriam and Aaron may not have liked it very much but it didn’t bother God (Numbers 12:1-15). Rahab was not an Israelite and neither was Ruth but they both made a home with the people of God and they both made their way into the lineage of Jesus who was the ultimate goal of God being the seed of Abraham who would bless all nations (Galatians 3:16).

        The people of God in the nation of Israel were instructed to not harm someone based solely upon them being a “stranger” (aka a different race from a different nation) by remembering that they once were too a people in a strange land (Exodus 22:21, 23:9; Deuteronomy 10:18-19, 23:7, 24:14, 27:9). There were distinctions between God’s people and foreigners but it was based upon their devotion to God and not necessarily the color of their skin.

        When things are taken in context there is no institutionalized (God approved) racism that is endorsed in the Old Testament.

        • Pieter reneg8or@live.com 7:46 am on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply

          I did not mean to be theologically correct, but have tried to point to Colossians 3-ish where it says that we are equal before our Father.

          You will be surprised to see how many fundementalists around the globe justify racism from the OT. Your observations are correct and I agree with you, but some others won’t.

  • Richard Mansel 8:57 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply
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    More Lessons From the Civil War 

    My article today examines the Civil War and the lessons we can learn from that terrible conflict. We examine the effects of racism, prejudice, hatred and division.

    The sesquicentennial of the Civil War began on April 12th. In the intervening years, have we learned the major lessons from the war? We can quickly say that we have, because we have not had another internal war on our own soil. Yet, our speedy answer may betray us.

    The Civil War was not an isolated event occurring in a vacuum. It happened because of reasons and motivations. If we have the same attitudes today, even without engaging in combat, we have learned nothing.

    As an avid student of the Civil War, I see many more lessons than I described in the article.

    For example, on both sides of the conflict, completely unqualified men were given the responsibility to lead troops when they did not possess one iota of ability to do so. It was a hopeless situation for the troops and countless numbers of men died, as a result. Why were they installed as high officers? They were successful businessmen, so certainly they could lead troops. The folly of such a decision had fatal results.

    The implications for the church are obvious. How many churches have installed men as elders simply because they were successful businessmen? These congregations overlooked the qualifications for a man to be an elder and made a political appointment, instead. The results, sadly, are the same. The army loses its way and people die.

    Another lesson we learn from the Civil War is that without the proper tools, no Army can succeed. In the second half of the War, the Confederate troops were constantly in survival mode. They routinely ran out of supplies as the Union cut off their supply routes. In time, they were without shoes, clothes, food and weapons.

    As God’s people, if we do not utilize the tools/weapons God has given to us, we will run out of supplies, as well. We will be defenseless if we fail to wear our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17). We need the fruits of the Spirit and the lessons of God’s Word with us all the time. When we leave them behind, we haven’t a chance. Moreover, if the pulpit is bereft of Godly teaching and it is missing from our homes, then we find ourselves without any means to defend ourselves.

    Finally, the Confederates fought with extraordinary courage and did things that they had no right to do with their emaciated bodies, tattered clothes and poor supplies. They fought with everything that they had. If we can separate ourselves from why they were fighting, they are an astonishing example or what courage, strength and resolve can accomplish.

    We need that resolve as Christians because we face an Army that APPEARS to be an overwhelming foe. Naturally, there is a difference because we have the Lord fighting for us (Hebrews 13:5).

    On the other hand, the Union Army suffered defeats in the beginning because they were overconfident and under-prepared. We can find ourselves in the same position if we do not arm ourselves with God’s Word. We must be humble before God, understanding our weaknesses, and committed to righteousness and evangelism. God’s grace and mercy cannot help us, if we try to fight Satan on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9). Allow God to empower you and fight ahead of you every day (Romans 12:1-2).

    What other lessons can we remember?

     
    • nick gill 9:15 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t assume God is on your side because your reading of Scripture seems to support your endeavor. Come to Scripture humbly, and seek to be on God’s side, rather than trying to recruit Him for your endeavors.

    • Dave Dugan 10:26 am on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Richard what about some of our brethren that are still
      fighting the civil war. I went to a brother’s home and there was a bust of Andrew Jackson on top of the TV. I thought that was interesting and asked him about it; I got an earful of “the south shall rise again” from this brother. Some never learn the lessons of war. Some never learn the lessons of Christianity either.

    • Tim Hester 12:26 pm on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      Dave, I know many Christians who display pictures, plaques, statuettes, etc… of War Between The States themes but they don’t look for the south to rise again. Is one wrong for remembering his heritage and the things his forefathers for which his forefathers died? Although as Richard pointed out many officers who were not leaders plaqued both the north and the south but on the other hand some of the greatest military minds in history were on both sides. I have a small figurine of Stonewall Jackson by my bed because I admire him as a person and a leader of men.

    • Weylan Deaver 3:20 pm on 2011-04-19 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve done a bit of study on the War–even took an undergraduate class on it at FHU. My great-great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Truesdell, fought for the Union in Company D, 47th Missouri Infantry. But I’m from the South, and my distant cousin, Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, and I share the same great(x)-grandfather in Shadrack Forrest. Relatively speaking, I’d say the Civil War was civil–at least to a degree (Gen. Sherman, excepted)–compared to the way wars are prosecuted today (e.g. with terrorist bombers, I.E.D.s, and the outrageous killing of civilians, women, children). At least back then you had men trying to abide by codes of honor and wage campaigns according to standards of behavior emanating from a society in large part closer to the Scriptures than 21st century America. Many on both sides held to high moral ideals, though I suspect gallantry and chivalry were weighted more heavily on the Southern side. As you pointed out, neither side had a godly attitude toward blacks, and that is inexcusable. But, to me, the Confederate view on states’ rights is increasingly vindicated as we are, today, subjected to an ever encroaching government that runs roughshod over the Constitution. That the North won does not mean they had everything (or even most things) right. I’ve got no problem with either side paying tribute to its heritage with a picture of Stonewall Jackson or Lee or Grant or Lincoln. No problem with statues, parks and schools named in their honor, or Confederate flags flying, etc. I named my youngest son Forrest, after the Southern general. I’m no racist. I’m not re-fighting the Civil War. I take no responsibility or blame for the way blacks were treated by either side back then. Neither am I accepting unconstitutional mandates from today’s Washington. I would not doubt divine providence was involved in the war’s result, to the further outworking of God’s greater plan for the good of the church, though it is interesting to imagine how things might be different today had it gone the other way. I assume slavery would have played out, even had the South won.

  • Richard Mansel 9:58 pm on 2011-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Racism: Standing Above the Culture 

    I k new a Christian man years ago that actually made the argument that it was fine for the races to be together in heaven, but in the  South, they were to be strictly separated. What a ridiculous idea! Read his letter and my thoughts on this very anti-Christian mindset.

     
    • johntpolk2 8:30 am on 2011-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      Richard,
      Well done! Peter, a follower of Christ, kept his old prejudices, and needed rebuke. Do you think this echoed with his own rebuke of Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8? Peter could rebuke the sorcerer for keeping his pre-conversion arrogance (and rightly so!), but become hypocritical in his own view of Gentiles. Question: does being a hypocrite disqualify a person from being an apostle? preacher? elder? Christian? My point is, we seem too quick to “pare down” the church, when condemnation, repentance, forgiveness should be our “pattern.” It certainly was so between Paul and Peter. AND Paul did not become Peter’s enemy because he told him the truth (Galatians 4:16). Maybe these thoughts are helpful, but yours certainly are. God bless you.

  • Richard Mansel 5:56 am on 2010-07-20 Permalink | Reply
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    The Savior of the Undesirables 

    “I once preached for a congregation with a shameful past. In previous years, a man would stand in the door and not allow anyone of a different skin color to enter. Yet, Christ is the Savior of those man rejects.”

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    • Tim Hester 4:10 pm on 2010-07-20 Permalink | Reply

      Several years ago in a little church in Mississippi one of the members was also the county sheriff. When visitors would come in whom he did not think belonged (usually skin color) he would go out to his car, strap on his gun belt, and then sit on the pew right next to them. It is heart warming to know now that this congregation does not hold this same attitude.

  • Mike Riley 12:11 am on 2010-07-14 Permalink | Reply
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    I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

    Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968), from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
     
  • Richard Mansel 10:34 pm on 2010-07-13 Permalink | Reply
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    So Offensive [Updated] 

    In my first year of preaching,  I baptized a young Black man and one of the White men in the congregation actually said to me, “Do you think he understood what he was doing? You know their brains don’t work like ours.” That man is now deceased. I sure hope he repented of his hideous racism before it was too late.

     
    • Mike Riley 12:05 am on 2010-07-14 Permalink | Reply

      I’m afraid skin color doesn’t have anything to do with the intelligence of an individual. One of our elders has a different skin color to mine, but his intellect is far superior to many men that I have known.

  • Laura 11:13 am on 2010-06-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Jesus’ Conversation with the Samaritan Woman 

    Today’s nudge: What stands out in your mind in the story of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well?

    I think the biggest thing that stands out for me is the example Jesus set for us today. In His time, Samaritans were looked down upon as the “dogs” of their time. Jesus went against all the political correctness and racism of his time to share God’s message with these “social rejects”. He treated them for what they were: humans created by and loved by God who were in need of God’s saving grace — just like the Jews. We should do no less.

     
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