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Race is the news of the day.  I recently saw a Facebook post by an educator that explains it for what it is.  There is only one race on this earth, the human race.  The superficial difference is skin pigmentation. When you stop and think about that fact, it shows how shallow and misguided humans are.  Many people over the centuries including this country today determine the worth of a person by the pigment of their skin. 

Years ago, I tutored children after school.  In one instance I tutored a girl in first grade.  I showed up at this family’s home right after their dinner time.  When it came time to end the tutoring, the family thanked me for what I did for their daughter.  In the course of our conversation, they told me in the six years they had lived in this country I was the first non-Hispanic person to come into their house and treat them like normal.  They were from Puerto Rico.  Dad worked for the phone company and mom had a job with the public school system.  I am not tooting my own horn here, but am pointing out how rampant racism is in this country.  I felt bad for these folks that even in their own home they felt the sting of racism. This event happened in the early 1990’s, but the events of this past weekend show that we as a nation have a long way to go.  The family moved back to Puerto Rico, in part because of the treatment they received in this country.

I have often said on Sunday mornings that by living Jesus’ example of reaching out to those who are marginalized by the dominant society we learn to treat all people with the respect that all people deserve.  I said it in the sermon time last Sunday when in Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes, “For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes,” (Romans 10:4).  What Paul sees is that those who are rejecting Jesus are so stuck in the law of the day they are unable to see the grace Jesus brings and the new way of living.  Instead of following law after law in order to be a good person in Jesus’ day, Jesus gave his followers and us only two laws, love God and love your neighbor as yourself.  There were no other disclaimers or conditions on that. Can it be any easier? Yet we as humans throughout our history have found it so hard to do.

The events of the past weekend should cause everyone to examine their own biases and prejudices especially those of us who make the claim that we follow Christ and his teachings.

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MAYFLOWER CONGREGATIONAL UCC

2900 County Barn Rd 
Naples, Florida 34112

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