No excuse for racism

My husband and I are moving towards becoming foster parents. The problem is that this is not really normal within our conservative surroundings. In fact, some people think we’re crazy and insane… but the more we search God’s heart, the more we are certain that His heart beats for this very thing. As Christians, we often speak of how important it is to raise children with proper love, structure and biblical teaching. It makes sense that as bearers of the Truth, we should be the ones to take in ‘other’ children in order to give them these very essentials. Why should we leave to those who do not know God to be the ones who are fostering and adopting? Should we not seize every opportunity to multiply His image? As Christians, we are so pro-life and anti-abortion — but if we are expecting all these people to give birth to all these children, should we not also consider ways to take care of all these children? Being anti-abortion should mean being pro-adoption in my mind.

The opposition we have experienced is mostly driven by racism and preconceived notions of all the worse-case scenarios. I think the concept of inviting others into one’s home really challenges their core value of what ‘the family’ is. We are breaking up their idea of family. But we are hoping that, in the end, they will see that we are enlarging it.

When we follow God in our obedience, it is a joy and delight to us. However, our obedience costs others quite a bit because it challenges their thinking. But God has reminded us (via Oswald Chambers) that, “He will look after those who have been pressed into the consequences of our obedience. We have simply to obey and to leave all consequences with Him.”

Meanwhile, I can’t help but feel angry at the reality that racism still exists. It bothers me that ‘tolerating’ others of a different race seems to be a tolerable thing to do, but embracing them and inviting them into one’s home and family is deemed downright insanity. The cruelty of seeing only the color of people’s skin burns me. Because we are in Christ, we are not supposed to regard others from a ‘worldly’ point of view any longer. In my opinion, anyone in Christ who is still racist is a hypocrite and has no excuse.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Corrie on February 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I’m always shocked to discover racism in Christians…guess my Sesame Street childhood back in the day (with Gordon, Maria, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, etc.) made me think that we can all be friends. Everyone on Sesame Street was welcomed and embraced regardless of color, age, gender, or race. Even Oscar’s cantankerous attitude did not void love and acceptance! It’s easy to forget that some of our elders formed their ideas about race a long time before the Civil Rights Movement (or Sesame Street).

    May your beautiful example of love in action melt away those hurtful, unfair attitudes you are encountering!


  2. yeah it’s crazy that racism still exists… and not only does it exist, it’s a huge problem still. I often think yeah racism exists, but it’s not that bad anymore. WRONG.


  3. Posted by Liz on April 30, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Really appreciated the quote from Oswald Chambers. It is a great reminder that it really is God’s responsibility to care for all the details when we obey.
    Thanks for including this in your post.


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