Though it is an uncomfortable truth, it is a truth nonetheless. Racism and bigotry are taught, and what the once down-low racists and bigots in America are teaching right now is that the melting pot metaphor that pertains to a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous was just a lie. This truth is why America’s racists and bigots will do their best to change America’s landscape—will try to change the face of America—from people of color back to just White America.
It has been proven that our prejudices are formed at a very early age. This truth means that our children can quickly learn from us how to be racists—how to hate certain people. Thankfully, the good news is that our taught biases can be unlearned. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that, if we truly love God the way He expects us to and/or the way we say we do, we could have chosen not to teach this horrid ugliness to our children.
To believe that we aren’t supposed to suffer is just us deluding ourselves—setting ourselves up for a Humpty-Dumpty fall. When our morality fails us, or when our idol status is revoked and no one worships us anymore, or when we actually fall from grace and shatter into millions of pieces—too many for our reliable, supportive, and encouraging family members and friends to put us back together—perhaps this is when we will believe and trust in what the Word of God says about suffering, which mainly is that the suffering of trials not only proves our character and integrity but also tests the object and quality of our faith.
For everyone who is in Christ Jesus, there is no racism and no envy or jealousy. Japanese haiku verses often express the unity spiritual element, as well as symptoms of the human condition.
Having the God-kind of spiritual matter in common is the only way that today’s believers can be those genuine “lively stones” who offer up acceptable “spiritual sacrifices” to God! This is the only way the present spiritually out-of-order CHURCH can be in spiritual order.