The Colour of Hatred


“ It's not that blacks are bad,” John says. There are quite a few , but a seizable number of non-whites who are intelligent.”

John is a racist. He believes that the whites are the  “chosen people “ -that all non-white races should live in their own territories, away from whites. He is also a leader of the Aryan Youth Movement.

John doesn't look like a skinhead. His blond hair is cut conversatively. He has a respectable job and dresses like most people his age.

But John’s racist beliefs are deeply ingrained. His father leads a group of adult racists called the White Aryan Resistance. When other children were growing up with stories about Goldilocks and the  three bears, John was listening to stories of hatred and prejudice.

Skinheads in John's Aryan Youth Movement have been linked to such brutalities as beating people to death , terrorising people of non-white origin , and even nailing a former skinhead to a cross.And they have done all these things in the name of preserving their race.

Prejudice has blinded John and other racists to the fact that God loves all people the same. In Acts 10:34-48 Peter challenges the people of his day to see others from God's perspective and to lay their prejudices aside.

Study Text -Acts10:34-48
10KJV:And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11KJV:And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12KJV:Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
13KJV:And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
14KJV:But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
15KJV:And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16KJV:This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17KJV:Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
18KJV:And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19KJV:While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20KJV:Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21KJV:Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22KJV:And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23KJV:Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24KJV:And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25KJV:And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26KJV:But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27KJV:And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28KJV:And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29KJV:Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30KJV:And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31KJV:And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32KJV:Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33KJV:Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34KJV:Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35KJV:But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36KJV:The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37KJV:That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38KJV:How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39KJV:And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40KJV:Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41KJV:Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42KJV:And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43KJV:To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44KJV:While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45KJV:And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46KJV:For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47KJV:Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48KJV:And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Questions to Consider
  • How was prejudice in Peter's day different from John's prejudice? How was it similar?
  • According to this passage, what is the cure for prejudice?

Motion Points
  • Observing people in a shopping center. Evaluate which people you do or don't have prejudice towards. Then ask God to remove your prejudice.
  • Getting to know someone you have prejudged. Think about the ways in which that people  is different from what you had expected.

Further Reading
  • Genesis 3:20
  • John 4:1-27
  • Acts 11:1-18

Hymn for Today  -Follow On [ William O. Cushing ]
1.Down in the valley with my Savior I would go,
Where the flowers are blooming and the sweet waters flow;
Everywhere He leads me I would follow, follow on,
Walking in His footsteps till the crown be won.

Refrain:
Follow! follow! I would follow Jesus!
Anywhere, everywhere, I would follow on!
Follow! follow! I would follow Jesus!
Everywhere He leads me I would follow on!

2.Down in the valley with my Savior I would go,
Where the storms are sweeping and the dark waters flow;
With His hand to lead me I will never, never fear,
Danger cannot fright me if my Lord is near.

3.Down in the valley, or upon the mountain steep,
Close beside my Savior would my soul ever keep;
He will lead me safely in the path that He has trod,
Up to where they gather on the hills of God.


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