Dec 15 2014
One of the times I see racist attitudes come out in me are when people of other colors or classes do things that go against how I learned things.
During my entire childhood, I heard about manners, respect, suits, hand shakes, and fine foods.
It’s not so for many people who live in other parts of our country. Their places and chances for advancement look very different than that of a middle-upper class person.
So what happens? New living rules are created.
Suits are sometimes replaced by sagging pants.
Smiling faces in photos (many of which are fake in the upper class, anyway) are replaced by middle fingers.
Wine drinking is replaced with smoking blunts.
Many of us look on from our perch above and shake our heads at how ridiculous we think the behavior is. It’s not. It’s very normal and understandable when viewed through the lens of sociology.
Jesus was clear.
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
We’re all trying to impress each other. Where we grow up and who we’re raised by largely determines what criteria we use to evaluate others. Let us not despise other sub-cultures. God can very easily judge my sub-culture for decadence.
In the end, most sub-cultures do a really lousy job of pursuing God and doing his will. It has nothing to do with race or class. We’re all human and broken. We’re just broken in different ways. May God help us evaluate our lives in the light of heaven, not the “light” of our own sub-culture. Lord, free us from any hint of judgmental racism! Fill us with all your love!