Conform or Transform: Diversity

Romans 12:2–3 (ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
RACISM – a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
PREJUDICE – an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.
Revelation 7:9–10 (ESV)
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
  • Today, more than 27 million men, women and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.

Romans 14:13 (ESV)

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
Romans 14:19 (ESV)
19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
James 1:19–20 (ESV)
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to HEAR, slow to SPEAK, slow to ANGER;
20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
1 John 4:20–21 (ESV)
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:20–21 (ESV)
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not LOVE HIS BROTHER whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
What should we do?
  1. Build relationships with people who are different from us.
  2. Celebrate our differences.
  3. Deal with our own prejudices.
  4. Stand for justice.
  5. Repent and forgive freely.
  6. Love.
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