God Has an S.O.S. Pad

But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. James 2:9 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is in the business of scouring out racial prejudice in Christian believers. I know. I was one scoured. Always my teacher, the Lord let me experience being a minority when I taught English in China. After returning home, God showed me where I held prejudice against an ethnic group here, the Black people. In earlier years I had written to a Black prisoner through a Christian ministry. After I sent this man a picture of myself that he had requested, he developed strong romantic feelings for me which I resented. Only God can clearly show us our sin, and at the same time, replace that failure with His love. While the Holy Spirit shone His spotlight of conviction on this dark, discriminating place in my heart, He began to give me a deep caring and compassion for the African people groups. Their pain of rejection and lack of acceptance in our society became my pain. Shortly after this life-changing time with the Lord, there was a front page picture of a large refu gee family from Haiti in our local newspaper. They had recently arrived in America, poor, confused and needing much help. "I want you to work with these people." The Lord whispered these words to me as I stared at their picture. Sixteen years later I am still working with these dear Haitians. Sometimes I see the condescending looks of others toward them. I have heard painful words smarting with prejudice that they must endure. I am thankful that the Holy Spirit took a scouring pad to my soul, for now I know fully that there is only one race and that is the human race.

Lord, prejudice is toxic to ourselves and to everyone around us. Free us from discriminating thoughts. Give us a humble, loving heart to appreciate and celebrate the unique identity of every living creature.

By Merilee (Washington, USA)