Robert is not a theologian; even so, he has a love for God's word and finds great joy in sharing what God reveal's to him through His word.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Are Racism and Injustice Systemic?
Among all the untruths that are being perpetuated today is the fallacy that racism and injustice are systemic in America, this simply is not the case. “Systemic” means “system wide: affecting or relating to a group or system as a whole, instead of its individual members or parts.” In other words, when the blanket of systemic racism or social injustice is thrown over a particular “shade” of people, they all are tagged as racists or unjust. I have friends, black, white, and brown that have known me almost my entire life; people in whose homes I have been welcomed and who have always been welcomed in mine, that have now cast that blanket over me – I am now a racist simply because I am white, or, in the case of the white persons tossing that blanket, because I have not, nor will I ever, step onto the “pedestal of perpetual shame” for having been born white. I digress!
Where Do Racism and Injustice Really Exit?
Proliferating today’s news are demands for justice and an end to systemic racism. Yes, injustices occur daily and racism is here to stay; but they are not systemic within our governmental institutions, our true churches, or even our country for that matter. Nevertheless, we are all born with the tremendous capacity to develop such mindsets; they do exist in the hearts of men. Racism and injustice are sinful, and sin is a heart (soul) disease! While we will never realize an end to the horrible realities of racism and injustice, we can move in that direction. Still, it cannot be done by force of law or senseless rioting (although the rioting today has nothing to do with either; this is the beginning of a war of economic ideologies – racism and injustice are simply the vessels used to deliver Marxism to the American shores). So, what is the answer to injustice and racism? God’s word!
A Remedy for Racism and Injustice!
From the opening passage we are to understand children are to be reared in the knowledge of right and wrong (Psalms 78:5-7); admonished daily to love all people as they have been loved themselves (Matthew 5:43-48); and to do so because God first loved them (I John 4:19). The feeling is that children raised in such a way are so immersed in love empathy, compassion (Colossians 3:12), and reverence and fear of God (Hebrews 12:28) that it will become habit.
Furthermore, if one takes the time to consult God’s word, the Holy Bible, they will find the answers to all life’s dilemmas; and in fact, “justice” is addressed – throughout the entire Bible.. Look to the book of Genesis in which God says of Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do JUSTICE and JUDGEMENT; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:19).
What are the First Steps to Ending Racism and Injustice?
For true justice and good judgment to prevail parents must first get right with God and rear up their children, not just raise them – and there is a difference by the way! REARING children means teaching them all those things just discussed; it means nurturing them emotionally, physically, socially, intellectually; and most importantly, spiritually. RAISING a child, by today’s standards, simply means providing them with the minimum to sustain them biologically and as soon as they turn eighteen (if not sooner), booting them out the front door for the rest of the world to have to deal with – and eventually the world will deal with them; and when the world does so, you will cry out for justice while at the same time condemning those who had the misfortune of having to deal with your child as racists.
So what is the first step? If you are not saved, born-again, then you must first be reconciled to God. Because you were born into sin you are on your way to Hell; however, God’s word says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). You must believe the Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4) and cry out, confessing and repenting of your sins, and you will be saved. At this point you become a new man or women and God gives you a new heart, Afterwards, immerse yourself in God’s word, find a good church, and rear up your children using the examples Christ has left for you.
JUSTICE BEGINS AT HOME, NOT IN THE STREETS OF COURTS!
Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd (author) from MORRISON on October 01, 2020:
Miss Dora, thank you for the welcome, and for taking the time to read "Justice Begins at Home"; I look forward to reading many more your very interesting titles.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:
Welcome to HubPages. "Parents must first get right with God and rear up their children, not just raise them." An old woman explained this to me a few decades ago. Thanks for reminding me, and for all your other good titles.
Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd (author) from MORRISON on September 25, 2020:
Thank you all for the kind comments. Eric, wish all parents could say that, unfortunately, too many kids are left alone to raise themselves these days.
Kelly, I am proud of you for bringing Cedan up that way, keep up the good work.
K.C., It is all about division, a tactic straight out of the Communist handbook. We have read the end of the book, however, and know how it all turns out ;-).
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 24, 2020:
Interesting. Never gave it much thought. I just did it. My youngest is off cleaning the church with his mom. Come to think of it, most people probably don't get the point.
Kelly Stelmack on September 24, 2020:
Robert I love this article. KC I completely agree with you. When we adopted Cedan we knew we might face this one day. But we decided to put Jesus at the head of our lives. We decided to raise Cedan the same way. We are teaching him that if Jesus is at the head of all your decisions...you will never go wrong. You will always be a success. We are also teaching him that the color of his skin doesnt make him a success or failure....your relationship with Jesus makes you a success or failure. We will run into discrimination, job loss, family loss, money loss....but if at that moment we bow our heads and give it to Jesus....and believe he has it....he will take us through it. No matter what it is. Thats what makes us a success. Our kids today are rude, self centered, and addicted to electronics. The only thing they are learning is to riot and burn down towns. That is one reason we decided to homeschool Cedan. He says the Pledge of Allegiance everyday. Our service men and woman fight and die everyday for this country....and we take the Pledge out of school?? He learns that everyday there is another soldier that has been wounded or killed to protect his rights. That we owe them respect!! He is learning that we take care of our veterans. We do not turn our backs on them. He does Bible study every single day. I want him to understand that nobody in this world will ever love him like Jesus does. That when Jesus died on that cross...he went through so much pain and suffering for Cedan King Stelmack. That that is how much Jesus loved him. He also knows that if I spank his butt its not because I want to hurt him....but it is because I love him. Kids today need their electronics and phones taken away. They need to get a hard physical job and realize the broken backs and sweat our forefathers went through to build this country.
Robert.....I love your writing. Sorry I kinda went off.....but this is a subject I feel very strongly about.
KC McGee from Where I belong on September 24, 2020:
This article is spot on.
Sadly, the word racism has been redefined. And protecting children from the school system that is teaching what is called racism today will be very difficalt. It would be easier to raise the Titanic with a spoon.
Now days, if you part your hair on the wrong side, you're a racist. If you drink a glass of water, you're a racist. If you support and provide for your family, you're a racist. If you mow your lawn, your a racist. If you back out of your driveway, you're a racist. If you eat an apple, you're a racist. If you own a house, you're a racist. If you are right handed, you're a racist. If you go shopping , you're a racist. If you wear shoes, you're a racist. But worst of all if you happen to be born white, you are a racist and owe the entire world an apology. And the list goes on and on.
Raising our children to love are Father in heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ is far more difficult now in this age than ever before. But it has to be done along with teaching our children to have good moral values found in God's word.
Great article Robert and Iam looking forward to the next.
Many many blessings.