'Racism' is a word that is thrown around with reckless abandonment.
Yet, racism implies hatred of a person simply because of their race.
This is certainly a reality in our nation, and our world, and, as a perennial consequence of our fallen nature, it will be something we will fight against until the Second Coming of Jesus. But there is a grave mistake commonly made today, just seconds before the word racist is flung through the air--like a fire-tipped arrow aimed with avarice--in the fact that rejection, or dislike, automatically means racism, or that only certain kinds of people can be prejudice.
Rejection, in truth, can have something to do with a lack of qualifications, or the breaking of the law. Dislike, for personal reasons, like love, is in the eye of the beholder. And racism is a dis-ease of all races.
Racism is too serious an accusation to be taken lightly. It must be re-defined!
"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities..." Acts 15:22-31
Every nation, every organization, and every family has necessities, rules, laws, or norms.
When you disrespect, or break, these norms, you will most likely suffer the consequences. The consequences involve being rejected and, or, disliked. This is not racism. Racism is not dislike of illegal immigrants flooding our southern states, rejecting their entrance by sending them home.
Racism is not allowing Mexicans into our country because we hate them. But anyone with an ounce of intelligence, or sanity, knows that Mexican-Americans are some of our most outstanding citizens. We've never barred them from entering LEGALLY.
Racism is not a dislike of Barack Obama because he has shredded the Constitution with an unprecedented number of autonomous Executive Actions, assaulted religious freedom with an HHS mandate, aided our enemies while assaulting our allies with a mixed up foreign policy, wrecked our economy with socialized medicine, or intimidated American citizens with his bureaucracy (IRS, BLM, VA, DHS, DOJ, etc.). Racism is hating Barack Obama simply because he is 50% African American. But let's be honest. He was elected President of the United States of America...twice! Sure, there are some Ku Klux Klan members out in the bushes; but, really, millions of white Americans voted for Mr. Obama. So, please, stop the silliness, and let people judge Mr. Obama on his accomplishments, or lack thereof.
"Be exalted above the heavens, O God; above all the earth be your glory!" Psalm 57:8-10, 12
Jesus wasn't elevated on His Cross, suffering so dearly, so that we would throw the baby out with the bathwater!
While Jesus calls us to Love every man and woman, regardless of their diverse human intricacies, He also calls us to the Truth! It is not misogynistic, therefore, to love the woman but hate the abortion. It is not homophobic to love the person, but to reject the validity of their 'gay' marriage. I have had gay friends. I will never, however, agree with gay marriage based on my Catholic-Christian faith. This doesn't make me a hater (a form of racist); rather, it makes me a believer in Jesus' Truth revealed in Sacred Scripture, and through the Teaching Authority of His Catholic Church.
'Love the sinner, hate the sin.' Jesus did that for us as he died while we were still sinners. We can do the same by loving every brother and sister in Christ, while rejecting and disliking untruths.
"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” John 15:12-17
Catholics, who remain faithful to Catholicism, and Americans, who remain faithful to the Constitution and their Judaeo-Christian heritage, will be nailed to the Cross, daily, for their strongly held faith convictions. And while the secular world promises tolerance and inclusion, they will continue to aim their avaricious fire-tipped arrows at us for simply loving the human person IN TRUTH.
In other words, loving as Jesus Loves.
And as the Body of Christ, we are ready, and willing, to carry that Cross.